“The dictator must be brought to justice”

Activities have taken place in Belgium, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark as part of the “100 Reasons” campaign. The Kurdish women’s movement wants to bring “dictator Erdogan” to justice.

In Brussels, London, Berlin, Geneva, Stockholm and Denmark, women have taken to the streets to protest against feminicide and to accuse Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The actions took place as part of the “100 reasons to condemn the dictator” campaign launched by the Kurdish Women’s Movement in Europe (TJK-E) on 25 November.

Activists from TJK-E and the Socialist Women’s Federation (SKB) gathered in front of the Council of Europe in Brussels with photos of murdered women and a banner reading “La Femme, La Vie, La Liberte” (Women, Life, Freedom). Former HDP MP Tuğba Hezer, who now lives in Europe due to political persecution in Turkey, gave a speech denouncing the hypocrisy of the EU in its dealings with Turkey. Even before the conflict over gas drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, Erdogan had committed countless crimes against human and international law, the Kurdish politician said: “We would like to remind you that the Erdogan regime has turned the Middle East into a graveyard. To accuse Erdogan, we have not only a hundred reasons, but countless ones, and every second another one is added.”

In London, activists from the Kurdish Women’s Initiative of Britain went to the Amnesty International office to hand over a dossier of information on the crimes committed against women by Erdogan and the AKP.

At a rally in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, former HDP MP Sibel Yiğitalp gave a speech and said that the fascism represented by Erdogan would soon come to an end. The struggle for democratic rights cannot be stopped by persecution and oppression, said the Kurdish politician, who faces 26 years in prison in Turkey.

A rally took place in the centre of Stockholm.

In Copenhagen, activists from the women’s council Sêvê collected signatures for the campaign. The petition can also be signed online. The Kurdish women’s movement wants to collect 100,000 signatures in Europe by International Women’s Struggle Day on 8 March.

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