March 14, 2015 at 12:01 pm (anti-fascism, good people, Human rights, kurdistan, Middle East, posted by JD, solidarity, turkey)

Do Everything to Help this Comrade.


The Kurdish community and supporters of the Kurdish struggle are incensed at the arrest and imprisonment of 18 year old Shilan (Silhan) Ozcelik, who is accused of wanting to join the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS).

The UK government in its steadfastness to appease the Turkish state, who are continuing to support ISIS, and withhold support from the Kurdish armed movement, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) has made clear whose side the government are on. The recent killing of the heroic Konstandinos Erik Scurfield (Kemal) in the battle against ISIS in Rojava (Northern Syria), has garnered a very positive approach from the British media and public. The UK government has been afraid of this support for the Kurdish struggle because for a 100 years the UK state has been one of the initiators and supporters of Kurdish oppression in the Middle East. This is why they have delayed and not supported the repatriation of Konstandinos Erik Scurfield and criminalized the struggle he has sacrificed his life for.

The Kurdistan Worker’s Party, which is on the terror list in the UK, EU and USA was added to this list in 2002 during a 5 year unilateral ceasefire, at the behest of Turkey. The PKK have never posed a threat to the UK and threatened this country. This listing is evidently political and to do with the economic and political ties between the Turkish and British states. Using this listing the UK government has been criminalising the Kurds for at least 13 years, yet not one Kurdish individual has been charged and convicted of being a PKK member, despite many raids, arrests and intimidations.

The case of Shilan Ozcelik is the most recent chapter of this story and the Kurdish community are now concerned that the UK government will, in its attempt to seem impartial to ‘certain’ sections of British society, once again criminalise the community who have been the biggest supporters of the international fight against ISIS terror and fascism. Shilan has on many occasions stated that she wanted to travel to the region to assist with humanitarian work. It seems that the UK government are blocking and trying to prevent any support from going to Rojava and Sinjar, thus strengthening ISIS’ resolve and the unofficial embargo on Rojava and the resistance there.

To call for the immediate release of Shilan Ozcelik and to call for an end to the criminalisation of the Kurdish community [we held] a picket outside Holloway Prison [last night], where Shilan Ozcelik is being held.


Roj Women’s Association, Kurdish Youth Assembly, Kurdish People’s Assembly, CAMPACC, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK), MAFDAD (Kurdish Lawyers Association), Kurdish Community Centre, Roj Women’s Assembly, Highbury East Councillor Aysegul Erdogan



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  1. kimchee said,

    So, you are supporting Stalinists?

  2. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    I would not support Stalinists however banging people up at the behest of a government that looks like it intends to introduce sharia law (Turkey) is a bit onerous.

  3. Richard said,

    Steady one I’m not certain at what you people are discussing. This person the subject of the arrest is a British citizen and govern by British law. Indeed no doubt with a British passport. In that respect as a citizen she is expected to respect the law otherwise be held accountable in the same way the rest of us would. Moving on, you expect special provision, because she wont sot breach British Law, support a known terrorist organization with a terrible track record, and to do all of this as a British citizen. What is going on in this room. This particular terrorist group does not represent the interest of the Kurdish group and this should be underlined. With regards to Turkey and its position on Syria, this is defined by an international agenda and foreign policy. Syria is a recognized state with legally defined borders. Isis is a terrorist group and this certainly remains to be address and one would think the administration of Syria would have something to say about this when groups seek to undermined the state interest. As I understand it, the Kurds of Syria are Syrian Nationals and if not then what is their status in someone elses backyard. I’ve read articles noting London councilors supporting the plight of this girl, and this is worrying and raises quite a few concerns. To support this girl is to condone the act of supporting a known terror group because the position chosen was one to join a known terror group in so for our councilor to opening make this stand is against the international convention establish in prohibiting such a thing. I would welcome an investigation into this in order to create transparency and instill public confidence. In a bid to obtain the fringe votes they may be crossing red lines. I fail to see how the national interest of Britain is promoted out of this and I further take exception that the Political Platform is allowed to turn into every-mans propaganda machine.

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