Founding member of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan turns 75 today

Published on April 4, 2024, by Il Grido del Popolo©️

Öcalan is often referred to as Apo (Kurdish for Uncle) in popular Kurdish culture. His face and name are a symbol for the Kurdish movement, despite the fact that he has been imprisoned by Turkey since 1999 for his role in the PKK.

For over a decade he has been the sole prisoner at the infamous Imrali Island prison, located in the Sea of Marmara outside of Istanbul.

Under isolation conditions at Imrali Island Prison, Ocalan authored more than 10 books which revolutionised Kurdish politics, including The Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan and Prison Writings, Volumes I and II.

“Today begins a new period. Now a door is opening to a process of democratic politics from the process of armed resistance. A process that is mostly political, social and economic is starting, an understanding that is based on democratic rights, freedoms and equality is developing.” — Öcalan