Kurdish Women in Armenia Protest Ocalan Persecution

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Seven members of the Armenia-based Union for Liberty of Kurdistan’s Women went on a three-day hunger-strike Monday in Yerevan. By this action they said they display solidarity with Kurdish organizations worldwide–which protest against persecutions of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan on the part of Turkish authorities.

"We are close to the victory in the matter of liberation of our people–by struggling against imperialism–fascism and against Turkey’s colonial policies. Turkish fascist state and its agents are trying to quell our struggle for liberation–whose symbol is the leader of national-liberation struggle–national hero of the Kurdish people Abdullah Ocalan," a statement issued by the union reads.

The statement goes on saying that "by its policy of persecuting peoples Turkey is trying to annihilate the Kurdish people–uproot its language and culture both in Turkey and Europe and Kurdistan." In a token of protest against persecutions of Ocalan–19 Kurds in Turkish prisons burned themselves. Kurds in different countries are staging demonstrations–marches and hunger-strikes under the motto: "Nobody will be able to cover our sun."

"We–the Kurdish women of Armenia–call on the public and democratic organizations to unite their efforts in struggle against the barbarian policy of Turkey which is aimed against our leader Abdullah Ocalan," the statement says.

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