Naples confers honorary citizenship on PKK leadr Ocalan

Mayor De Magistris says city working for peaceful co-existence

15 February, 18:51

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, FEBRUARY 15 - Naples city has conferred honorary citizenship to Abdullah Ocalan, the Kurdish leader of the PKK who has been held in detention in Turkey for 16 years.

    Naples Mayor, Luigi De Magistris, conferred a parchment certificate of citizenship and a medal of the city to the PKK leader's niece, Dilek Ocalan.

    The decision was based on "sentiments of sharing principles of democracy, equality and freedom for the Kurdish people" to whom "the city of Naples is linked by affection, esteem and friendship," the city said in a statement.

    The mayor said that "Naples is a city of peace and wants to create a community of living together, trying to build peace between Turkey and Kurdistan, like between Palestinians and Israelis." "We don't want to re-write history, we don't have the means to do so, but in our territory we want to demonstrate that one can live together, that love can prevail over hatred".

    Dilik Ocalan said the honorary award "is an important step for us and we ask whoever wants peace and brotherhood to support this struggle which begins from grassroots".

    A public debate on Kurdish resistance and a solidarity concert for Ocalan were being held in Naples Monday evening.


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