The transfer of our Leader Apo from one prison to another is a coup. With this, a new phase has begun in Kurdistan and Turkey. In this phase elimination is being enforced through our Leader Öcalan, and massacres against our people have been given the go-ahead, the policy of annihilation has started and continues to be enforced intensively.
The AKP government has transferred our Leader Öcalan to a new cell, however this is not just any old system or cell, but a death pit. In this way they are trying to annihilate him. This annihilation process has been initiated under the guise of lifting the isolation he has been subjected to and improving his conditions. This process of knowingly killing our Leader Öcalan is nothing less than enforcing massacre on our people. It is imperative that nobody views and presents this phase as being normal.
SOLITARY CONFINEMENT PUNISHMENT HAS BECOME CONSTANT
The CPT, following visits to Imrali, had decided that Leader Öcalan’s conditions needed to change and be improved. However the changes that have been put into effect have been exactly the opposite and now there is a deliberate arrangement to kill him. The intensive suppression, psychological torture, cases of physical torture and the poisoning incident have in the past 11 years, seriously damaged Leader Öcalan’s health. This new incident has taken his health to a critical point. The new conditions will further damage his already ailing health to an irredeemable point. In the past solitary confinement punishment was administered for varying reasons, now this solitary confinement has become constant.
THIS PROCESS IS AN ANNIHILATION PLAN
Leader Öcalan is not just any prisoner. The health, safety and freedom of Leader Öcalan symbolises the health, safety and freedom of our people. Also this is a situation that will determine the future of Turkey. As the Kurdistan Freedom Movement we have constantly highlighted that for us and our people the approach towards Leader Öcalan is a reason for peace and war. We have declared 5 unilateral ceasefires, pulled the guerrilla out of Turkey’s borders and since April 13th declared a unilateral ceasefire, these have been done by our Leader for a peaceful-democratic solution to the Kurdish issue.
Leader Öcalan has also written a Road Map for a solution to the issue, but this has not yet been released to the public. For trust to develop between parties, and to develop the process for peace, Leader Öcalan suggested the return of three peace groups from Kandil, Maxmur and Europe, and this was done. The attitude and stance of the AKP government and Turkish State in the face of all this good-will and effort has exposed their intention of annihilation. The process that is in motion is a total annihilation plan. There is no doubt about this. It is now time for everyone, especially the Kurds that are close to the AKP, to see the deception, trickery and games of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan and other AKP officials.
A DECLARANCE OF WAR
This attack aimed at killing Leader Öcalan is on the verge of creating a process from which there can be no return. At the same time this attack is a project of war that has been developed against the peace project of our Leader, Movement and People. This practise against Leader Öcalan, who has struggled very hard for a peaceful and democratic solution to this issue, is most definitely a declarance of war and massacre. The attacks against our people in major cities are also a sign of this.
THEY ARE PLAYING WITH FIRE
Despite all appeals by our people, democrat parties and human rights organisations, the government has continued their silence and not made any statements. We would like to state that the AKP and all other parties concerned are playing with fire. For this reason, while there is still time, we are appealing for Leader Öcalan to be moved from these conditions which are threatening his health and safety. Taking into account the sensibilities of our people and movement we are calling for Leader Öcalan to be taken out of the cell he has been put into immediately. Otherwise our people and movement will not and cannot be held responsible for what may happen. As a movement we are at breaking point. Nobody should test the patience of our people and movement.
A CALL FOR ACTIONS OF LEGITIMATE SELF DEFENCE
As the organisation that is responsible for the construction of a prison such as this and thus responsible for putting Leader Öcalan’s life in danger, the CPT must not remain a spectator to this situation any longer and visit Imrali within an urgent action plan and examine Leader Öcalan’s conditions. We are calling on the CPT to guarantee the health of Leader Öcalan and to take urgent precautionary measures in beginning his treatment. Furthermore we are appealing to all other humanitarians, health organisations, democrats, socialists and peace groups to play their roles.
The policies which are being developed around Leader Öcalan do not just concern the future of the Kurdish people, but also the Turkish people and democratisation of Turkey as well. This is why we are calling on all humanitarian organisations, peace groups, democrats and all those who are in favour of Turkey’s democratisation and the fraternity and equality of Turks and Kurds to raise their voices to stop this practise that will open the path for a civil war, and to be in solidarity with the Kurdish People and defend their democratic futures. This phase is not an ordinary but extraordinary phase. Our Leaders life is in danger. Every honourable Kurd, wherever they are, in the four parts of Kurdistan, in Europe and around the world, must be in resistance against this. To protect our existence and future against this annihilation and extermination plan we are calling on everyone to resist and strengthen the uprising based on the principles of self defence. We are calling on Kurdish youth and Kurdish women to lead this self defence and take it to victory.
The Executive Committee of the KCK
30 November, 2009