Sunday, 15 November 2015
Press Release: Kurdish activist Mustafa C arrested in Bremen (Germany)
November 13, 2015
By order of the Higher Regional Court (OLG) in Celle, Kurdish activist Mustafa C. was arrested on November 11 and his apartment was searched. Since the opening of the arrest warrant the following day, the Kurdish man is being held at Sehnde prison under pre-trial detention.
Mustafa is accused of being a member of an overseas 'terrorist' organization and it is being claimed that he was the leader of the PKK in Oldenburg from June 2013-July 2015 and that since the beginning of August 2015 he was responsible for the areas of Hamburg, Stade and Lüneburg. As with all other accused PKK activists, Mustafa is being criminalized for allegedly organizing rallies, meetings, demonstrations and other events as well as renting buses, collecting donations and enlisting young recruits.
With the ban on the PKK now in it's 22nd year in Germany, including Mustafa there are now eight Kurdish political prisoners in criminal and pre-trial detention.
The consequences of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit two weeks before the elections in Turkey have become noticeable. Shortly after her return Kurdish politician Kenan B. was arrested on October 21 in the Pegida stronghold of Dresden.
We protest in the strongest terms against Germany's policy of assisting and encouraging the Turkish authorities in it's war against the Kurdish movement and it's civilian population.
We demand the release of all political prisoners and the immediate cessation of all politically motivated processes against them.
Kurdish Legal Aid Fund for Kurds in Germany, Cologne.
(via nadir, translated by Rojava Solidarity Worldwide & slightly edited for clarity)