On February 16th, we concluded the Long March that took us to the French city of Strasbourg, where we closed the march with a big demonstration in the Gallic city, under the motto “for peace and democracy – freedom for Abdullah Öcalan “
This year the Long March, which is always celebrated coinciding with the anniversary of the imprisonment of the Kurdish leader Abudllah Öcalan, has special relevance because it celebrates its 20th anniversary. In order to make the situation of the Kurdish people and Kursdistan visible, as well as demand the release of Öcalan, we toured France’s main towns, since we left last February 11 in Luxembourg. Throughout this journey we were joined by activists from the Kurdish diaspora and internationalists who sympathize with the Kurdish cause.
To put an end to it, we met in the city of Strasbourg, where hundreds of people of different origins organized in three large columns (grouped into “Kurdish Youth”, “Internationalists” and “Intellectuals”) converged on a large demonstration in the center of Strasbourg, shouting very strong slogans such as: “Liberté Öcalan” (freedom fof Öcalan), “La femme, la vie, la liberté” (woman, life, freedom), “No justice, no peace, fight the police”. We ended the closing ceremony in the Parking des Vanneaux, where speeches of the different organizations involved were heard as well as the experiences of the hunger strikers for the liberation of Abdullah Öcallan, thus ending the Long March until next year.
Freedom for the Kurdish people! Freedom for the peoples of the world!