Thousands of Kurds gathered in Cologne to celebrate the 25th International Kurdish Cultural Festival, Saturday, under the motto «Freedom for Ocalan, Status for Kurdistan, Freedom to the Middle East». During the festival, attendants played traditional music and participated in traditional Kurdish dancing. The Kurds rallied in support of an independent Kurdistan ahead of the upcoming historical... Еще referendum on in Kurdish Iraq on September 25. The festival was also a show of solidarity with imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan. «With this festival we protest against the wars in the Middle East. We protest against the developments in Turkey in the direction of a dictatorship and we speak clearly in favour of the freedom of Abdullah Ocalan as a key figure not only for a political solution to the Kurdish situation but also as an architect for a democratic Middle East,» explained press spokesperson Dersim Dadever. Germany is home to between 650,000 and 800,000 Kurds, making it the largest Kurdish community in the Kurdish diaspora.