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Nelson Mandela: A Freedom struggle that changed the perception of the whole world

To the Family of Nelson Mandela, the South African Nation, ANC and SACP

As we mourn the loss of one of the great leaders of humanity we can see that even in his passing away Mandela yet again reminds us of how a persistent struggle for freedom can change the perception of the whole world.

The grave oppression and brutal exploitation of peoples which was supported by political and theoretical division along ethnic and racial lines did not only bring bloodshed and suffering but also incredible and long-lasting struggles against it. Many movements, ideologies, resistances and leaders came to the forefront of history.

Today when we read all the deserved ovations that pour in on the occasion of Nelson Mandela’s passing away, it becomes hard to remember how unlikely a victory in the struggle against apartheid appeared and how the world leaders at the time demonised the South African leaders as terrorists – especially Mandela, the ANC and the SACP. It was almost unbelievable then that they would ever be talked of favourably.

It was a long walk to freedom; but the persistence, rightness, resistance and struggle of the South African people overcame all these obstacles under the leadership of Madiba (Nelson Mandela). Madiba was a true leader who knew how to lead his people through the dark periods of history and  to show that one can live with former adversaries in amity.

Madiba never denounced the armed struggle he had himself once initiated and led, even when he was offered individual freedom in exchange. At the same time he left no opportunity unused to work for a true and lasting peace, even when this was not popular yet among his comrades.

We, the International Initiative “Freedom For Abdullah Öcalan – Peace In Kurdistan”, are deeply grieved and mourn the loss of Madiba. But at the same time we feel that the Kurdish people has been given an incredible example of what it takes to achieve one’s freedom. Today Abdullah Öcalan and the Kurdish people are in a much similar situation. A situation that is in working progress. Madiba once said: “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain tops of our desires.” And he certainly did.

Mandela also said that “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” May he rest in peace as he has not only done his duty to his people and his country but for all people oppressed and waging a struggle for their freedom.

International Initiative
“Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan – Peace in Kurdistan”
6 December 2013

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