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Trade union general secretary uses the platform of Durham Miners Gala 2019 to call for Ocalan’s release

Doug Nicholls, General Secretary of the General Federation of Trade Unions, has renewed calls for the release of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan at the Durham Miners Gala 2019 an event attended by 200,000 trade unionists, socialists and activists.

Durham Miners Gala 2019

The Durham Miners Gala or Big Meeting, now in its 135th year, is attended by senior trade unionists and Labour Party politicians including Lader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn and Laura Pidcock as well as hundreds of thousands of organised working-class people from up and down the country.

International solidarity theme

The Durham Miners Gala in 2018 dedicated its international solidarity theme to the Freedom for Ocalan campaign and the campaign was honoured to return and take part in this year’s celebration of working-class organising and struggle.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for the greatest honour I’ve had in my life, to address this great meeting on the 120th year of the GFTU (General Federation of Trade Unions and the 150th of the DMA (Durham Miners Association).

We should appreciate first today, those sisters and brothers who since we last met have been prepared to lay down their lives for our cause. I’m thinking of the 7,000 Kurdish people who went on hunger strike to bring the world’s attention the continuing 20-year imprisonment of Abdullah Ocalan who, as we said last year, should be free.

Doug Nicholls, General Secretary of the General Federation of Trade Unions,

How can you help the campaign?

With growing support in the trade union movementdevolved governments and the Parliamentary Labour Party the Freedom for Ocalan campaign is calling on trade unionists and activists to support the many local campaigns now running throughout the UK and Europe.

If you’re a member of a trade union it’s critical you support us by requesting your branch, regional or national trade union affiliate now.

With trade union support in the last twelve months we’ve been able to;

Please support the Big Meeting by joining Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala.

By Freedom for Ocalan

The Freedom for Öcalan campaign is a UK trade union-backed initiative to secure the release of imprisoned Kurdish political prisoner Abdullah Öcalan.

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