Our Statements

march 18, 2022

Everybody Needs to Join this Year`s Newroz for the Liberation of Rêber Apo

We remember all Newroz martyrs with respect and gratitude. Şehits [fallen] like Mazlum Doğan, Zekiye Alkan, Rahşan Demirel, Ronahî and Bêrîvan have made this day of resistance and resurrection of the Kurdish people – as it is today – possible. On the occasion of Newroz, we salute Rêber Apo [Abdullah Öcalan], all comrades in prisons, the guerrillas and all our people and promise that we will make the struggle we start on Newroz to crush fascism and liberate Rêber Apo a success. This Newroz for the liberation of Abdullah Öcalan will be a very strong Newroz. On this basis, the 50th year of the PKK will go down in history as a year of great struggle.

Newroz is not only a holiday, a day of resistance and struggle for the Kurds, it is a historical and social reality that all national values are concentrated around Newroz. Newroz and the existence of the Kurds are one today. Weakening Newroz means weakening Kurdish identity and strengthening Newroz means strengthening it. Rêber Apo and the PKK have attached great importance to Newroz from their first departure and understood the highlighting of Newroz as the basis for the existence and strengthening of the Kurdish people. In this regard, reviving and strengthening Newroz became one of their most fundamental goals and tasks.

With its first appearance on the stage of history, the Apoist movement began to attach great importance to Newroz. The spark of the prison resistance was ignited on Newroz, the Newroz martyrs triggered the Newroz serhildans (uprisings) and on each Newroz festival the Kurdish people themselves created to new values. The great democratic revolution, the social revolution, the national revolution, the cultural revolution, the revolution of resurrection took place on Newroz. People like Zekiye Alkan, Rahşan, Ronahî and Bêrîvan became the driving force of patriotism and courage in society. All these facts have transformed the Kurdish people into a people of serhildans and Newroz. For 50 years, the Kurdish people have become the vanguard of the 20th century, resisting in the spirit of Newroz and fighting for freedom and democracy in the Middle East. The Kurdish people will win over the peoples of the Middle East with their Newroz resistance.

We welcome Newroz 2022 with great anticipation, enthusiasm and hope. Our goal is to achieve the physical freedom of Rêber Apo in the 50th year of struggle. We are no longer willing to live without Rêber Apo. We are absolutely clear about this. We consider it our profound obligation to free Rêber Apo, who has rendered a great service to our people and to all humanity. It is time to live up to this responsibility. Guaranteeing freedom and democracy means standing up for Rêber Apo. Since our people and our friends understand this reality perfectly well, they celebrate Newroz 2022 as the Newroz of the liberation of Rêber Apo.

Newroz has also become a day of women’s liberation and Kurdish democratization. Kurdish women have always created a new reality for the Kurdish people bay taking their place at the forefront of the Newroz resistance. The values of the women’s freedom struggle are also the values of Newroz. Just as women act with great fighting spirit and will on March 8, their active and pioneering participation in the free and democratic life plays a decisive role on Newroz. In this respect, every March 8 also announces the joyous event of Newroz. On March 8, 2022, women rose up and clearly showed that the Newroz for the liberation of Rêber Apo will be very strong this year. Women are playing a leading role in the freedom struggle and will also be at the forefront of the liberation of Rêber Apo, and in this context, the Newroz celebrations. Thus, they will ensure that the struggle for freedom and democracy becomes even deeper and more comprehensive.

Newroz 2022 will take the ‘Time for Freedom’ campaign to a new level. This Newroz will be focused on the destruction of AKP/MHP fascism and the liberation of Rêber Apo. This planning and program for this year´s Newroz clearly show this. Therefore, it is very important to celebrate Newroz big and strong. The celebrations should not be limited to certain days and centers. The week of courage must be expanded. Newroz is the festival of the whole people, the whole society, it is a day of struggle. For this reason, all Kurds and their friends should celebrate this day wherever they are. There should not be a single Kurd or friend of theirs who do not participate in the Newroz celebrations.

The new Newroz era began 50 years ago and has achieved many things for the Kurdish people and the peoples of the Middle East. In the 50th year of the party, we should celebrate these values and achievements on Newroz in a very big way and make the year the year of crushing fascism and liberating the Kurdish people.

On this basis, we call on the Kurdish youth, women, our people and our friends of all ages and all over the world to turn every place into a place of Newroz, to flock to the Newroz squares and to together achieve the liberation of Rêber Apo and freedom and democracy in Kurdistan, Turkey and the Middle East.


KCK Executive Council