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Protests in London for Kurdish rights

Issue No. 2336

Around 7,000 people marched from Hackney to Haringey, north London, last Sunday in protest at the assassination of three Kurdish activists in Paris last week.

People from many different Kurdish and Turkish organisations joined the angry protest.

Many demonstrators carried pictures of the three murdered women. Others flew flags with the face of Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

One police officer tried to stop any chants about the PKK as a proscribed organisation.

But people shouted, “We are all PKK, the PKK is us”.

Bulent from the Kurdish Federation told Socialist Worker, “We are not the terrorists. We will struggle until we get our rights because we are human beings.”

The march followed a protest at the Turkish embassy in central London on Friday of last week.

Demonstrators there spontaneously marched to the French embassy to demand that France explain the killings.

Thanks to Gareth Jenkins and Greg Jones

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