[The following is the text of a leaflet issued by Australians for Kurdistan.] Afrin is a small region in northwestern Syria, on the Turkish border. During the seven-year civil war Afrin was the most peaceful part of the country. Before the war it was mainly populated by Kurds. It took in hundreds of thousands of refugees (mainly Arab), giving them security and full rights. Afrin was the geographically isolated, westernmost canton of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. The DFNS is organised on the principles of feminism, ecology, communal democracy, and ethnic and religious pluralism. Continue reading
[The following letter was submitted to The Age on March 29 but not printed.]
As concerned Australians, we condemn Turkey’s invasion of the mainly Kurdish canton of Afrin in northern Syria, and call on the Australian Government do all in its power to protest and stop Turkey’s aggression. Continue reading
[The following article by AFK’s John Tully was carried by the online Tasmanian Times.] The darkness at the core of Australia’s foreign policy is highlighted both by Canberra’s silence over the invasion of Afrin, and by its push to become one of the world’s top ten arms exporters. The Kurds should beware. The Turnbull government wants to be quartermaster for any despot who will pay and one of the worst is the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Read full article here.
The online Tasmanian Times has just posted a new article by Australians for Kurdistan activist John Tully, an honorary professor at Victoria University. The title sums it up: The Turkish president and authoritarian ‘strongman’, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is the Hitler of the Middle East. He uses the Kurds as Hitler used the Jews. Continue reading
[By Tony Iltis] Some 150 people rallied at Melbourne’s State Library on January 27 as part of an international weekend of actions in solidarity with Afrin, which is currently being subjected to a land invasion and air bombardment by the Turkish state. Speakers described how the Turkish regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan had sent terrorists from Islamic State and al-Qaeda gangs into Rojava to attempt to crush the revolution in northern Syria. These gangs failed prompting Erdogan to send in the Turkish military. Continue reading
Australians for Kurdistan and Rojava Solidarity (Sydney) are appealing for people to endorse a sign-on statement condemning Turkey’s war on Afrin in northern Syria. Initiated by John Tully, Honorary Professor/Educator at Victoria University’s College of Arts, the statement calls on the Australian Government to take a strong stand against the Turkish invasion.
Please add your name to the statement online via the page on this website. Alternatively you can email Australians for Kurdistan.
[By Karen Fletcher] MELBOURNE — The second seminar this year organised by Australian solidarity activists and the Victorian Kurdish community attracted some 80 people eager to discuss the challenges, achievements and lessons of the Kurdish-led feminist revolution in northern Syria. Continue reading
[By Karen Fletcher] Northern Syria’s Feminist Revolution is the title of a one-day seminar to be held in Melbourne on Saturday, November 4. Continue reading
[By Dave Holmes] Melbourne, August 5 — A rally outside Melbourne’s State Library protested Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria and its attacks on the Afrin and Shehba regions. Continue reading