Mehmet Sarar, a polit­i­cal refugee was tak­en into cus­tody fol­low­ing a bor­der con­trol on the fran­co-ger­man fron­tier. The “polic­ing coop­er­a­tion” agree­ments between Turkey and Euro­pean States of which Turkey makes an abu­sive use in order to track down its oppo­nents lead to this grotesque sit­u­a­tion. It is not the first time.

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We demand the imme­di­ate release from prison of our friend, col­league and com­rade Mehmet Sarar, cur­rent­ly impris­oned in Germany.

On Decem­ber 26th, after chant­i­ng slo­gans side by side against the pen­sion reform in front of Paris’s “Gare de l’Est”, we bid good­bye to our com­rade Mehmet, who was tak­ing a train to spend few days of hol­i­days in Switzerland.

Dur­ing an iden­ti­ty con­trol on the French-Ger­man bor­ders, the cops have arrest­ed Mehmet and then sent him to a prison in the town of Freiburg, invok­ing an inter­na­tion­al arrest order and an extra­di­tion demand by Turkey. How­ev­er, the fact that Turkey uses Inter­pol to track down polit­i­cal oppo­nents is a well-known secret. Thus, when the Ger­man state impris­oned Mehmet, who has a res­i­dent card in France, they were not only col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment, but also vio­lat­ing the inter­na­tion­al treaties which they signed, and more specif­i­cal­ly those guar­an­tee­ing the rights of refugees and the free­dom of movement.

Indeed, Mehmet Sarar was grant­ed polit­i­cal refugee sta­tus in 2011 because of the per­se­cu­tion he suf­fered in Turkey for the ideas he defended.

Mehmet spent ten years of his life in Turk­ish pris­ons where he par­tic­i­pat­ed in a hunger strike of more than 300 days and at the end of which he suf­fered from Wer­nicke Kor­sakoff syn­drome. Since set­tling in France, he has con­tin­ued to work tire­less­ly with­in the work­ing class, of which he is a proud mem­ber. A con­struc­tion work­er, he went out on the streets, yes­ter­day with the Yel­low Wests, and today against the pen­sion reform. He is a mem­ber of the Sol­i­dar­i­ty Com­mit­tee — GDDK, he worked par­tic­u­lar­ly in the orga­ni­za­tion of immi­grants in the Paris region.

We demand the imme­di­ate release of Mehmet Sarar from prison and his return to France among us as soon as possible!

We ask every­one who joins our call to relay the infor­ma­tion and to demand an end to his impris­on­ment in Germany.

Com­mit­tee of Sol­i­dar­i­ty with Strikes and Resis­tances (GDDK) — France
Comité de Sol­i­dar­ité avec Grèves et Résistance

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