Freedom for Ӧcalan campaign.
Abdullah Ӧcalan is the imprisoned leader of the Kurdish liberation movement and the campaign is in solidarity with both his and the Kurdish people’s struggle for freedom from over a century of brutal repression and genocide.
a speaker from the campaign will speak at Thursday 17th December Wolverhampton TUC zoom meeting at 8pm
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Ӧcalan has now passed his 20th year in a Turkish prison as the regime of President Erdogan ramps up its repression. The Freedom for Ӧcalan campaign's central goal is to secure his release so that he can take his rightful and central place as the builder of peace in the region.
Erdogan, the President of Turkey, is supporting union-busting, imprisoning trade unionists and illegally removing elected mayors and MPs from the left opposition, the People's Democratic Party (HDP).
The brave Kurdish fighters, inspired by Ocalan, have been on the frontline in the fight against ISIS and are now threatened by Erdogan’s government. Turkey’s invasion of the region is causing a humanitarian catastrophe and the resurgence of ISIS.
The need for solidarity from the trade union movement couldn't be more urgent.
Freedom for Öcalan: The UK Trade Union Campaign - In 2014 the UK trade union campaign movement were appalled at the manner in which the Turkish government prevented support for the Kurds crossing their borders during the battle for Kobani against the genocidal intent of ISIS.
The brave Kurdish fighters of the People’s protection units (YPG) and the Women’s protection units (YPJ) were an inspiration to all, especially those in the trade union movement.
Then in 2015 Erdogan failed to gain the absolute majority he wanted in the elections and proceeded to react in an aggressive manner and relaunched the brutal war against the Kurds.
In the aftermath of these events the trade union campaign – Freedom for Öcalan – was launched in 2016 in the UK parliament by UNITE and the GMB. Since then it has grown to have 14 major unions affiliated and is supported by the TUC.