Europe-wide commemoration: Sakine, Fidan and Leyla live on

Led by the Kurdish women’s movement, people everywhere are protesting and commemorating the three friends who were murdered in Paris 8 years ago by the Turkish secret service.

Across Europe, the Kurdish women’s movement today remembered the Kurdish women Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez who were murdered in Paris eight years ago and demanded that the perpetrators be punished in front of French consulates. After Paris, Berlin, Hanover and Düsseldorf, we report from Münster, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Saarbrücken, Bern, Geneva, Brussels, The Hague and Strasbourg.


A rally called by the national women’s umbrella organisation YJK-E took place in front of Münster main station. In a speech, the importance of Sakine Cansiz for the women’s liberation movement was pointed out.


In Frankfurt a.M., a black wreath has been laid in front of the French consulate and a call has been made for a demonstration on Saturday at the main railway station.


A black wreath was laid in front of the French consulate in Hamburg. Hatice Kaya declared on behalf of the Rojbîn Women’s Council: “We have not forgotten our companions, nor their murderers”.

Saarbrücken and Munich

During protests in front of the French consulates in Saarbrücken and Munich, it was pointed out that the Paris murders were committed by the MIT on the orders of the Turkish head of state Erdogan. Although the French state is aware of this, no one is being brought to justice for it, the participants criticised.


The Mizgîn Women’s Council demanded in front of the French Embassy in Bern that those responsible for the Paris killings be brought to justice. In Geneva, a protest took place in front of the UN headquarters demanding that Erdogan be brought before an international court.


In front of the French consulate in Brussels, the role of France in the Paris contract killing was pointed out.


In London, a black wreath was laid in front of the French Embassy.

Den Haag

Activists from the Ronahî Women’s Council laid a black wreath in front of the French consulate in The Hague.


In Strasbourg, activists of the Kurdish youth movement informed about the Paris killings.

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