Demands that Erdogan prove jailed Kurdish PKK leader Ocalan (Turkey’s ‘Mandela’) alive and well

Abdullah Ocalan

Concerns over the fate of Turkey’s highest profile political prisoner, Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), have been expressed by one of Turkey’s main opposition parties, the HDP. Many regard Ocalan as Turkey’s ‘Nelson Mandela’. He has not been seen for a year, although it was rumoured a month back he had been moved from prison to house arrest. Now, with President Erdogan taking revenge on all his enemies – not just the military that staged the coup attempt – there are understandable fears that Ocalan may be next to suffer the wrath of this ‘elected’ tyrant.

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