Sunday, November 29, 2009

Protests and parties during PKK 31st anniversary


Utrecht - There were several protests and celebrations in both Turkey and Europe, during the 31st anniversary of the founding of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Friday 27 November. The event was also celebrated in Russia and Ukraine.

Also in the Netherlands there were celebrations today in Rijswijk and on 5 December in Arnhem. Several Kurdish singers will participate in the event. In Turkey there were concerts, celebrations and firework. The pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party also participated in the events.

Most of the PKK-supporters also supported the Islamic feast of sacrifice. There were also demonstrations for the imprisoned PKK-leader Ocalan, who last week said his health conditions are worsening. The PKK’s executive council, KCK, called on the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) and the European Court for Human Rights to observer the PKK’s leaders prison conditions and to call on the government to improve it.

There were clashes between the Turkish police and Kurds in several cities in Turkey like in Istanbul and Mersin, but this also happened in Europe, like in Marseille (France) and Berlin (Germany). In Berlin a number of Kurdish youth set cars on fire.

According to Ali Haydar Kaytan, one of the founders of the PKK, the party has developed a resistance mentality among the Kurdish people, to prevent Kurds from assimilating and serving as slaves for the governments were they live.

© Rudaw