March 17, 2009 · 12:27 am
The Persian New Year, generally celebrated on the day of the Spring equinox, 21st of March, was marked by an afternoon of celebration at Trafalgar Square, London, 15th of March 2009. An important social gathering of several Diasporas communities from Turkey, Iran, Syria, Iraq and several other neighboring countries as well as passersby, curious, and foodies alike. The event was visually dominated by flags of Abdullah Öcalan, founding-leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK, Partiya Karkêren Kurdistan). Öcalan is considered a terrorist by the EU and the US for his armed separatist ‘actions’ , along with the PKK, against Turkey. Öcalan was arrested in Kenya and is currently sentenced to life imprisonment in Turkey.