Öcalan receives Special Recognition Award from South African Communist Party
The South African Communist Party (SACP) has given Abdullah Öcalan a Special Recognition Award. The award was handed over at the SACP’s 13th National Congress in oNgoye, KwaZulu Natal province. SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande recognized Abdullah Öcalan as “A revolutionary internationalist fighter and a symbol of the Kurdish freedom struggle. A political prisoner isolated in a Turkish island prison under atrocious inhumane conditions. His relentless struggle for peace, democracy and socialism for the peoples in the Middle East remains a beacon of progress against imperialism and colonialism.”
Due to Öcalan’s ongoing total isolation the award was received by a spokesperson of the International Initiative “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan – Peace in Kurdistan” on behalf of Abdullah Öcalan. Heider drew attention to Öcalan’s position as the leader of the Kurdish struggle for freedom and socialism and as a key figure for a peaceful solution of the Kurdish issue.
He also emphasized the extreme isolation conditions that he is held under: “Since more than eleven months, nobody has seen him, no lawyer, no family members. There is no telephone, no letters. We have no news of him.”
SACP awards are given every five years during party congresses for outstanding achievements in the struggle. Other awards were granted to Raoul Castro (Cuba), Che Guevara, outstanding members of the SACP, former guerrilla leaders and a fighter against corruption.
The 13th National Congress of the South African Communist Party (SACP) is being held from 11-15 July 2012 in oNgoye, province of Kwa Zulu Natal with 2000 delegates and 57 international guests. With 150.000 members the SACP is the second biggest party in South Africa. It is part of the ruling tripartite alliance together with the African National Congress (ANC) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
In 2010 Öcalan had already received the “International Peace Award” from the Struggle Veterans Action Committee (SVAC) in South Africa.