Women to rally on 9 October for Sakine, Fidan & Leyla

ANF – News Desk 04.10.2013 – Thousands of Kurds across Europe took to the streets on Wednesday, like they do every week, to demand justice for three Kurdish politicians, Sakine Cansız, a co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Fidan Doğan, representative of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) in Paris, and Leyla Şaylemez, member of the Kurdish youth movement, who were executed in Paris on 9 January 2013.

Hundreds in Stuttgart joined a protest demo organized by the People’s Assembly and the women’s commission of Mesopotamia Cultural Center outside the French Consulate in the city. The women called for mass participation in the march to take place on 12 October the condemn the international conspiracy that led Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan being forced to leave Syria on 9 October 1998.

Kurdish women in the Altona district of Hamburg city also protested the French state’s attitude towards the killings in a protest demo organized by Rojbin Women’s Assembly. Demonstrators urged France to take concrete steps for the exposure of the truth on killings and added that they will stage another demo next Wednesday to condemn the 9 October conspiracy against Kurdish people’s leader.

Kurdish women in Frankfurt also took to the streets under the leadership of Amara Women’s Assembly. Hundreds gathered outside the French Consulate in Bockenheimer Warte and protested the French government’s silence on Paris killings.

Another protest demo by the Assembly of Kurdish Women in Berlin was staged outside the French Consulate at Brandenburger Tor. Demonstrators said that the French state committed a crime against humanity by shedding no light on the massacre. Women in Düsseldorf also gathered outside the French Consulate and called on the French state and judiciary to take responsibility for the exposure of the truth on the execution of three Kurdish politicians.

Kurdish women led by Paris Evry Çiçek Botan Women’s Assembly gathered in front of the Kurdistan Art Academy and marched to Kurdistan Information Office where three women had been found dead. Speaking after one minute’s silence outside the office, Emine Koç on behalf of the Assembly criticized the French state for making no statements on the incident so far, and called authorities to answer to the Kurdish people to come through the feeling of guilt for the incident. Koç underlined that Kurdish women will continue gathering at the scene every Wednesday until the French state sheds light on the executions. ‘Jin jiyan azadî’, [Women, life, freedom] was the main slogan chanted during the protests by Kurdish women.