Appeal from organizers of Long March

The Long March for freedom reached the city of Mulhouse in France on Saturday morning at 8:30 AM after a further 20-kilometer march in minus 8 degrees on their way to Strasbourg for the major protest rally on February 18. Representatives from the Long March met with the French Communist Party in Mulhouse for discussions on the current situation in Kurdistan and the complete isolation of the Kurdish leader Mr. Abdulla Ocalan.

Members of the Communist Party then joined the Kurdish activists for six kilometers in support of the Long Freedom March.

The organizing committee of the March has send an appeal to European friends to join the Kurds in this important event.

Below the text of the letter

We, the Kurdish intellectuals living in Europe, began on the 1st of February from Geneva under the demand of “Political status for Kurdistan and freedom for Abdullah Ocalan” is continuing despite the worst winter for 25 years.

We, Kurdish politicians, artists, journalists and Members of Parliament began our march on the 1st of February inGeneva and are heading towardsStrasbourg. We are continuing toStrasbourg having passed throughGeneva,Lausanne,Bern, Langenthal, Olten, Liestal andBasel.

Our main aim during this march is to raise awareness about the Kurdish question. We object to the isolation that the Kurdish people’s leader Mr. Abdullah Ocalan is being put through and demand for political status for the Kurdish people.

We are appealing to all our European friends to support us during our march through hills and rough roads in temperatures of -15 degrees.

We believe that the European public need to be better informed of the Kurdish people’s desire to find a democratic solution to the Kurdish question. We ask of you to be in solidarity with our march by releasing statements of support on behalf of your organisation, party or group. We believe that a well informed global public domain will hinder the breakout of war. An awareness of the anti-democratic and unlawful measures taken against the Kurdish people seems to be a prerequisite of a peaceful solution. The leader of the Kurdish people – who are still without status themselves – Mr. Abdullah Ocalan has been in isolation in Imrali Prison for 13 years. Whereas Mr. Ocalan constantly reiterates his desire to solve the Kurdish question through peaceful means. We believe he has a key role to play in the solution. Ocalan’s role in free circumstances can potentially play a big part in the democratic future of our peoples. Despite this obvious truth, the Turkish state, let alone giving Mr. Ocalan the opportunity to take part in the solution, is actually deepening the seclusion and systematically applying the isolation. It is a shame that that the CPT is acknowledging this treatment by keeping silent.

It is for the reasons stated above that we are calling on your support for our march in these freezing conditions.

The unity and solidarity of the forces of democracy will ensure a peaceful and democratic future!