RESISTANCE HISTORY

Today marks the twelfth anniversary of the death of Halil Uysal - the "guiding star of Kurdish cinema". In 2007, Kurdish guerrilla fighter, writer and film-maker Halil Uysal travelled from Southern Kurdistan (Başûr) to Mount Ararat to shoot a documentary. He only made it as far as Besta, where...
The following text by Cemil Bayık is about two anecdotes from the period of the PKK founding group of students around Abdullah Öcalan in the mid-seventies. After first ideological and political activities in Ankara, the group started to spread out all over Kurdistan to introduce their ideas, engage with...
As a day of rebellion and resistance, Newroz has an important meaning for the Kurdish freedom movement. Beginning with the Newroz self-sacrifice action of PKK co-founder Mazlum Dogan, the martyrs of Newroz day are remembered every year that Kurdish revolutionaries light the fire of rebirth and revolution on March...
Newroz is an ancient festival celebrated by many different peoples in the Middle East and different parts of Asia. For the Kurdish people, the first day of spring has important political meaning, as it symbolizes the day on which Kawa the Blacksmith is said to have defeated the tyrant...
On the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the arrest of Abdullah Ocalan, which happened in Nairobi, Kenya on February 15th 1999, I would love to share with you what the word “Ocalan” means to me; it is in fact a word besides being a name. I am an...
Michael Panser, nom-de-guerre Bager Nujiyan (formerly Xelîl Viyan), was a German revolutionary, who joined the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) out of his determined belief in the possibility of revolution and freedom. He began his political activities at an early age in anti-fascist and revolutionary struggles in Germany. His encounter with...
The following prison letter from Kurdish revolutionary Hüseyin Çelebi on October 26th, 1989 to Christa Eckes was first published in German in the Kurdistan Report. This month marks thirtieth anniversary of the beginning of the so-called "Düsseldorf Trial" on October 24th, 1989 against a total of twenty Kurdish activists...
Murat Türk, born 1976 in Amed (Diyarbakır), is a former guerrilla fighter from Kurdistan. 24 years ago, he was imprisoned by the Turkish state. Ever since, he has dedicated his life to literature. Murat Türk spent his childhood and youth in the Bağlar neighbourhood, a bastion of Kurdish resistance...
At the moment, around 7000 Kurdish people, mainly political prisoners, are on hunger strike. After Leyla Güven MP announced on November 8th, 2018 that she will go on hunger strike to break the isolation regime imposed on Kurdish people's leader Abdullah Öcalan, thousands of people in Kurdistan and beyond...
After the Turkish Military Intelligence attempted an assassination of Kurdish leader, Abdullah Öcalan in Syria, a young Kurdish woman, Zeynep Kinanci or 'Zîlan' took the decision to avenge this attempt and to also protest against the Turkish regime’s brutal and 'dirty war' against the Kurdish people in Turkey that...

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