Protesters consisting of supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and human rights organisations demonstrated on Salem Street in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan, on Wednesday to demand the freedom of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan on the 19th anniversary of his arrest. «We demand the release of Abdullah Ocalan and his release and freedom will be freedom to the Middle... Еще East,» said one of the organisers of the protest, Nawzad Baker. Ocalan, who was arrested in 1999 by the Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MIT) with the help of the CIA for his role in the PKK, is currently being held in Turkish jails. A prominent Kurd in recent history, Ocalan founded the PKK in 1948 and has become a symbol for the Kurdish independence movement. The PKK is considered a terrorist organisation by the Turkish government. The party has been involved in armed conflict with the Turkish state since 1984.