Free Ocalan! The emphatic demand from TUC Annual Congress 2019

Free Ocalan! The emphatic demand from TUC Annual Congress 2019

Free Ocalan. A powerful, emotional and historic call to release jailed Kurdish political leader Abdullah Ocalan was made by enthusiastic delegates at the 2019 annual congress of the TUC. At the 2019 TUC annual congress, at the end of the first day's debate, the combined leadership of the UK trade union movement called from the platform for the gathered delegates to show their solidarity with the Kurdish people's leader Abdullah Öcalan. Two years ago, our Congress agreed to support the campaign to free the leader of the Kurdish peace movement Abdullah Ocalan. This campaign is now backed by many of…
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Turkey’s war against Öcalan’s direct democracy project in the Middle East

Turkey’s war against Öcalan’s direct democracy project in the Middle East

Erdogan continues to marginalise and criminalise opposition and Öcalans isolation continues. The experiment in direct democracy inspired by his writings is imperilled by the aggression of the Turkish state. This article is based on a speech delivered by Sinn Féin MP for South Down Chris Hazzard in the House of Lords on February 15th 2019 at an event marking the 20th anniversary of Öcalan’s abduction by the Turkish state. This week the international community marked the 29th anniversary of Nelson Mandela walking free from prison in South Africa - he had spent 27 years in prison; 18 of those on the infamous Robben Island.…
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