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Kader was an academic who was involved in the labour movement. Clever and intellectual women who know what they want are a thorn in the side of the Turkish government… Today we think of Kader and her unceasing hope for a better future.

On November 6, 2014 the Free Art Initiative tried to reach the border of Kobanê through a human chain action. The border had been closed by the Turkish government to prevent humanitarian aid and human rights observations and to cover up Turkey’s support for the IS. The Free Art Initiative action was banned and attacked with tear gas and Live Ammunition. In this attack, a border guard shot Kader Ortakaya with a bullet to the head.

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