Saturday, May 26 is World Afrin Day. Here in Melbourne there are two events to note:
- Rally & march: Solidarity with Afrin. Turkey out of Syria! No Aust ties with Turkey! Turkey is carrying out large-scale ethnic cleansing in Afrin in northwestern Syria. Some 150,000 Kurds have been forced out to be replaced with Syrian Arab refugees and jihadists and their families. Yet the West is silent. The Turnbull government has said nothing. Join us in a rally and march on World Afrin Day. 2pm. State Library, 328 Swanston St,City. Organised by Kurdish Democratic Community Centre of Victoria & Australians for Kurdistan. (Photo: London rally, March 31.) Facebook
- Benefit gig for Afrin: Si amo Afrin. Film screening & bands: A fundraiser for Afrin refugees. 5pm on. Melbourne Anarchist Centre, 62 High St, Northcote. Facebook
An emergency organising meeting to discuss action responses to Turkey’s invasion of Afrin was held at Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub on April 20. The meeting resolved to hold a series of big information stalls at key transport hubs in the city.
The first will take place at Flinders Street Station on Friday, April 27 from 4:30 to 6pm. We will hand out leaflets to commuters and talk to people about the issue and the utterly shameful silence of the Turnbull government. We will also have all the usual paraphenalia and will do some spruiking.
If you support northern Syria’s feminist, democratic, pluralist revolution and are appalled by Turkey’s brazen invasion and ethnic cleansing of Afrin, come along on April 27! The more people participating the bigger impact we will make.
Turkey: Get out of Syria! Australia: End the silence about Turkey’s ethnic cleansing in Afrin!
[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, most western 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