April 4th: The birth of a people – 1

The believers in the ideology and philosophy of the democratic nation celebrate on April 4 of every year the birth of the leader Abdullah Ocalan who put this philosophy on Imrali island despite the conditions of detention and the severe isolation imposed on him by the Turkish authorities.

Find the truth of the Kurds

 The leader Abdullah Ocalan was born on April 4, 1949 in Amara (Omerli) village in Khalafti district Roha (Urfa) city. The leader divides his personal and organizational life in the file of "Defending people (The pleading filed to the European Court of Human Rights)" into three stages. In this file, these stages will be covered according to what he mentioned in his submissions and the books he wrote.

 The first stage of the leader's life

The leader Ocalan says of the first stage of his life in the Defending a People's file: "It starts by going to the elementary school after I give my reactions to the family and the village first. Starting with the primary education is the first important step in showing the interest in internationalization. Where the personality makes transitional step from the common community to the state community, and goes in conjunction with urbanization. As for the preparatory, secondary and university study stages and employment; they are preliminary preparations for the formation of the statesman, and the city and state personality's domination intransigently in the personalities of everyone in this period of age, but as one represents a downtrodden underdeveloped and national case; the reactions are turned towards the state .... ."

In Manvesto of Democratic Civilization (the Kurdish Cause and the Solution of the Democratic Crisis), the leader Abdullah Ocalan explains in detail what he experienced at this stage, and says: "I have been a hunter of friends of my path since my childhood, so my main concern was to form small units of children. I employed everything for that, I even started to form my own group which I accompanied during my going to the primary school. As for the scenes of the killing of snakes, the birds hunting and the saffron collection campaigns, they always existed. I always invented excuses to rush behind my friends and stick to them. Families were very vigilant in this regard, and resorted to ways to protect their children from me ... Once, the village's old sage told me in a somewhat cautious tone: "You never calm down as if you are a quicksilver!" Indeed, I was walking in this direction, so the terms of standing, calmness and quiet were not created for me ...

The leader Abdullah Ocalan continues in other parts of the volume "The Kurdish Cause and the solution of the Democratic Crisis" his talk about childhood and study in his life, and he says: "When I faced the Turkish education system in the elementary school stage of my childhood, the reality of the Kurdish which was barely reflected in a foggy imagination brought several questions to my mind and my spirit. I did not enjoy the Turkification, I began to feel humiliation because of this imposed practice, and the first thing that came into my mind was the search for family bonds with the Turkish. The distant relations on the part of the mother with the Turkish did not have much power of the adequate solution, so whatever, the patriarchal Kurdish feelings imposed their presence in public.I did not escape this reality, and based on this reality, I had the first wound with the beginning of the primary education, as I had the awareness of the first contact with the Kurdialism as a very problematic fact, while such a sense did not evolve much among my peers.

As for the way to bridge the gap between me and the children who adopted the Turkishialism in the ancient Armenian village in which the school where I received my primary education is located, it was through my being liked by the teachers, and it seems that my constant impulsion behind obtaining the first degree starting from the primary stage was a defensive method towards the negatives that the Kurdish reality may result in. In this way, I wanted to prove my privacy, and I succeeded in that and maintained this success until the last year of university studies without interruption. In this way, I had proved to both "friend and foe" how serious and worthy I was to be a true man, so I could become preoccupied with important matters.

In fact, I also succeeded in the field of religious awareness which was more classical by memorizing the Quranic verses by heart. I memorized thirty-three short verses. I achieved an upward progression to the bottom of the pulpit to pray near the imam of the village. The imam's answer was as follows: "Oh Abdullah, you will fly if you keep so fast!" My wish was another method to secure capacity and efficiency and to open a port for myself. This is how I acquired the position of favor among the traditional society as well. At that time, I was satisfied with these two methods, and the other topics did not interest me ...

In 1969, I dared to head towards the socialist thought, then I headed towards Kurdialism in 1970, and it was essential to follow the two together; however, my adoption these two realities fraught with incurable issues did not exceed in the beginning the scope of the transparency of ideological and dogmatic characteristics. That stage was a period called the Revolution of Slogan, and I was striving to find my way based on a few initial slogans. I was always attentive of course to the skilled professors. Among the main slogans I sanctified were: "The Kurdish exists." "The Kurdish issue exists." "The nations have the right to self-determination and the founding of a state." "The correct way to solve the national issue passes through socialism." The national liberation war may need to be taken into account." "The establishment of a national party is a possibility in the event of impossibility to establish a joint party."

I was full of contradictions when I dealt with the national and social affairs of the Kurds at the beginning of the seventies... During that time particularly, I began to search for a solution in the right or left conflicting entities. To get rid of that spiritual state, I remember that I felt the pulse in the ranks of the right first, as a person turning to his prayers and reverence, as the days when I was praying in the Malteba mosque in Ankara continued until 1969, and the days when I guided others were not few. I even had the opportunity to personally hear "Najeeb Fadel Qaisakurk" who always nicknamed "the major professor" when I attended a session at the conference held in the building of the "Turkish Club." I had great enthusiasm at the time, and I hardly remember the "Major East" magazine as well.... I met Suleiman Demirel and Rafik Korkut as well in the building of the "Anti-Communist Society," then I do not know how I found the book "The Alphabet of Socialism" placed under my pillow, so I started reading it automatically....

I finished my study in 1970 and appointed an employee of the state in Diyarbakir, where I got to know the monthly salary and bribes.... My interest gradually increased in the Kurdialism that the city's atmosphere motivated me and dragged me into, so this is the story of my first experience on the Kurdish path, and an event that reflected my personality too.

I enrolled in the Faculty of Law at Istanbul University in 1970. I got to know Istanbul and my work as an employee in a high-end neighborhood such as "Baqir Koy" would become an influential issue, as those days witnessed a remarkable movement of both DDKO and Dev-Genç. I was inclined to both parties, and even became an official member in ddko ...

My last memory in Istanbul related to a meeting held in the hall of "Istanbul Technical University" in Mashka neighborhood... It was one of the most important decisive meetings in the history of Dev-Genç, and suddenly Maher Jayan and Youssef Kobely entered the hall...

The start of Maher and his companions had played an important role in my enrollment in the Political Science Faculty in Ankara based on a grant, and at the rate that allowed me to occupy my place among the first twenty students ..... Then I became a champion in THKP-C in 1972..

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