Saturday 10 October
Rifredi SMS in Via Vittorio Emanuele 303
On the occasion of the international day for the liberation of Abdullah Ocalan and all * political prisoners * in Turkey
from 18.00 the Theater Company "Actors and Defendants", made up of Florentine lawyers and jurists, presents "Hunger for freedom " - reading dedicated to the story of Ebru Timtik and Nasrin Sotoudeh, lawyers who, through the hunger strike, have chosen to make their own lives an instrument of freedom.
from 7.00 pm speeches and discussions with: a lawyer from the Ocalan defense board, a lawyer from the Florence Bar Association, Erdal Karabey spokesperson for the Tuscan Kurdish community.
Tuscan Kurdish community
Tuscany Coordination for Kurdistan
The initiative aims to inform and denounce what is happening today in Turkey, where Erdogan's regime represses not only the Kurdish opposition, but any critical voice towards the government and does not put an end to the political imprisonment of activists, academic journalists and not least the lawyers.
The tragic death in prison of Ebru Timtik last August 28 after 238 days of hunger strike to claim the right to defense and freedom has attracted the attention of many, in Italy and abroad. Just a few months earlier, 3 artists of the popular musical group Grup Yorum had lost their lives while fasting to claim their freedom of expression, and every day the prisoners denounce the torture regime they are subjected to. The number of Turkish and Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey, which has always been very high, is growing every day.
Among these Abdullah Ocalan, founder of the PKK party and leader of the Kurdish liberation movement, kidnapped by the Turkish special forces in February 1999 thanks to the connivance of the US and the EU (including Italy) - who has been detained on the island of Imrali for over 20 years , in isolation.
Ocalan is not only the symbol of the Kurds' resistance to forced occupation and assimilation, but his thought represents today in the Middle East a perspective of liberation, emancipation, gender equality and ecologism that is a source of attention and solidarity on the part of all those who they struggle for a society without oppression and exploitation.
To help ensure that what is happening is not forgotten and to reach our support for those who resist beyond the bars, walls and borders, we join the international day of mobilization for the release of Abdullah Ocalan and all political prisoners launched by the Kurdish movement in Europe for 10 October.
The initiative will be opened by the reading entitled "Hunger for freedom" dedicated to the letters from prison by Ebru Timtik and Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian lawyer sentenced to over 30 years in prison and 148 whiplash for her criticism of the Tehran government and currently in critical condition following a hunger strike to protest the regime's refusal to release political prisoners during the pandemic.
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