Participants in the Kurdistan and Ocalan march in Luxembourg
The long walk demanding 'recognition for Kurdistan and freedom for Ocalan' from Luxembourg to Strasbourg began this morning with the participation of 76 people from 15 countries
The event began with a press statement read by activist Peter Muller, who called on EU institutions and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) to fulfill their duties for imprisoned Kurdish and PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.
"We call on the European Council and CPT to fulfill their related missions. We call upon the institutions and individuals who uphold the universal values of democracy, freedom, justice, peace and human rights to be in solidarity with our demands," the statement read.
The march will continue for 10 days and is supported by 76 people from 15 countries, including artist Sarah Mauriaucourt from France, doctor Daniel Maraz from Argentina, historian Joaquín Martínez from Spain, Rojava Azadi Platforma representative Roc Peris from Catalonia, activist Susana Isabel Macedo Gomez from Portugal and Julia Iglesias from Spain Newroz Kurdish-Basque Solidarity Association.
Kurdish organisations have organised concurrent shorter marches across European cities including Paris and Berlin.
The demonstrations coincide with Ocalan's abduction on 15 February 1999 in Kenya. The PKK leader was abducted in what Kurds have claimed was a joint CIA, Mossad, MIT operation.
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