Socialist Worker

Kurdish conference says follow Egypt's example

by Paul Burnham
Issue No. 2330

Some 250 people packed into a conference on Kurds in the Changing Middle East in central London last weekend.

A Turkish MP from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy party (BDP) addressed the conference via Skype on Saturday.

The MP had joined a hunger strike of 800 political prisoners for Kurdish language rights, and for freedom for Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan.

The conference focused on Öcalan’s “roadmap” for democratic confederalism in Turkey and Kurdistan.

On Sunday the conference heard that the hunger strikes had been called off after 67 days. But there are still 10,000 Kurdish political prisoners in Turkish jails.

They include six MPs and 34 elected mayors. More trials are currently in progress. Further mass action and solidarity work will be needed.

Selahattin Demirta, co-chair of the BDP, has warned Turkish prime minister Erdogan that the Kurds would follow the path of the Egyptian revolution. He said they would do that by “seeking their freedom in their own Tahrir Squares”.

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