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Monday, April 13, 2015

32 Years of Struggle: PKK’s fight to defend an “Unknown Language and People”

  • - By Hadi Elis
  • 09/12/2010 00:00:00 
  • Introduction
    The PKK, as it is known in its Kurdish acronym stands for Partia Karkeren Kurdistan, wrongly translated to English in many studies and official texts as Kurdish Workers’ Party; in fact it is Kurdistan Workers’ Party. For PKK, Kurdistan as a concept is totality of people, language, culture and the history; Kurdistan is the word represents anything and everything about Kurdishness.
    For PKK, the establishment of Republic of Turkey, and her denial policies of Kurds & Kurdistan since 1923 is the problem of facing extinction for Kurdish people. Essentially criminalization of usage of Kurdish language is illegitimate and immoral.
    Kurdish people as being natives of the land of Kurdistan since the time immemorial, lives in the region called Middle East by Europeans, is the largest nation without a state, and Kurdistan is the most partitioned and longest occupied country in the World, currently between four Nation-states.
    Kurdistan Workers’ Party emerged after maturation of Kurdish students’ protests movement into a political movement in late 60s, and intellectual voyage of questioning this reality in the mid 1970s. The earlier Kurdish uprisings studied and discussed intensively, socio-political and socio-economic situation of Kurdistan analyzed for composing political theory of National Liberation. In its Party program, accepted at 27-28 November 1978, in Amed, in North Kurdistan, it presents itself as National Liberation Movement guided with Socialist ideology and aimed at making the Revolution in Kurdistan in order to be able to change the international statuesque, named it as Turkish Colonialism supported by the West, Feudal Social and Economic conditions of Kurdistan. Mr. Abdullah Ocalan was elected as its Chairman in this meeting.
    Article Originally Posted at KurdishMedia

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