Defend the Rojava Revolution

[Speech by Dave Holmes at a solidarity vigil in Melbourne, October 16, 2019.]

We are here to protest Turkey’s cruel and inhuman invasion of Rojava — the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.

There is no reason for this war except Turkish president Erdogan’s racist hatred of the Kurdish people. He wants to crush any expression of Kurdish self-rule. Erdogan wants to mobilise extreme right-wing, racist and Islamist forces behind his presidential re-election bid next year. Continue reading

Rally & march: Defend Rojava! Stop the Turkish invasion!

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Saturday, October 19, 4pm. Establish a no-fly zone now! Turkey get out of Syria! After getting the go-ahead from Donald Trump, Turkey has invaded Rojava in northern Syria all along the border, supported by Islamist militia gangs. Death, destruction and atrocities are piling up.

For seven years Rojava has been a beacon of democracy, feminism, and ethnic and religious pluralism. The Kurdish-majority Rojava defence forces spearheaded the struggle against the barbaric Islamic State at a terrible cost (11.000 dead and 21,000 badly wounded). Turkey’s racist, Kurdophobic Erdogan regime wants to crush this inspiring example lest it spread across the border.

There will be a range of speakers including Michele Harding, mother of YPG fighter Reece Harding, who was martyred fighting IS in 2015.

The Rojava Revolution needs our solidarity as never before. Please come on Saturday and spread the word to your friends and contacts.

State Library, 328 Swanston St, City. Organised by the Kurdish Democratic Community Centre of Victoria & Australians for Kurdistan.

Greens condemn Turkish invasion threat

[The following statement was released on October 9 by Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale.]

The Australian Government must use every diplomatic means at its disposal to insure that Turkey does not invade Kurdish-controlled Rojava in Syria following President Donald Trump’s latest erratic and dangerous foreign policy decision, said Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale. Continue reading

Rally & march: Stop Turkey’s war on Rojava!

Saturday, October 12, 4:30pm. No Turkish invasion! Turkey out of Syria! US President Donald Trump has greenlighted a Turkish invasion of Rojava in northern Syria. For seven years Rojava has been a beacon of democracy, feminism and ethnic and religious pluralism. The Kurdish-majority Rojava defence forces spearheaded the struggle against the barbaric Islamic State — at the terrible cost of 11.000 dead and 21,000 badly wounded. Turkey’s racist, Kurdophobic Erdogan regime wants to crush this inspiring example. The Rojava Revolution needs our solidarity as never before.

State Library, 328 Swanston St, City. Organised by Kurdish Democratic Community Centre of Victoria & supported by Australians for Kurdistan.

 

Rojava Revolution: What does ‘safe zone’ deal mean?

[By Dave Holmes] July 19 marked seven years of the Rojava Revolution. In 2012 the newly formed Kurdish self-defence forces took control of the town of Kobanê from the forces for the Assad regime.

Despite all the immense challenges facing it, the revolution has survived. It has provided tremendous inspiration to people around the world. It thus has a global meaning and relevance. Continue reading

Renas Lelikan judgement gives background to freedom struggle

6882556-3x2-700x467Justice Lucy McCallum’s judgement in the Renas Lelikan case makes very interesting reading. Lelikan admitted to informal PKK membership but stated that his role was that of a journalist reporting on the Kurdish freedom fighters. McCallum freed him with a community service order. The prosecution has appealed seeking a custodial sentence to deter anyone from supporting PKK. For more background see below.

Public meeting: Turkey threatens Rojava Revolution

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Friday, September 13, 6:30pm (for 6:45pm start) ♦ Blue Room, First Floor, Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne (opposite Victoria Market) ♦ Entry $5/$3 ♦ Organised by Australians for Kurdistan ♦ For more info call 0401 437 828 ♦ Facebook


For seven years the Kurdish-led Rojava Revolution in northern Syria has been a beacon of hope in the Middle East. Its attempt to build a society based on grassroots democracy, feminism and ecology, and inclusive of all ethnic and religious groups has inspired people around the world.

It has survived in the teeth of opposition from the Islamic State barbarians, the Assad dictatorship and the Kurdophobic Turkish regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey is now gearing up for a full-scale invasion.

We are screening the new documentary Rojava, northern Syria: The Kurds between conflict and democracy. This will be followed by a short talk on the situation and a discussion of solidarity work.

[Photo: Kobanê, March 2016: Women celebrate at new Resistance Monument.]

7th anniversary of Rojava Revolution

YPG, Serakaniye, 2013[By Dave Holmes] July 19 marked the seventh anniversary of northern Syria’s Rojava Revolution. On that day in 2012 the nascent People’s Protection Units (YPG) took control of the Kurdish-majority city of Kobanê. The outnumbered forces of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad surrendered and were allowed to depart (without their weapons). Other Kurdish cities and towns in the north were soon liberated also. Continue reading

Age letter: IS problem is our problem too

[By Helena Grunfeld] Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton wants to stop former IS fighters returning to Australia. That does not make the problem disappear. Where does he expect them to live? Does he want to leave that responsibility to the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, also known as Rojava, the mainly Kurdish area of Syria?

Have the Kurdish fighters who defeated IS militarily and paid a very high price in terms of deaths and injuries not sacrificed enough? Are they now to be burdened by these criminals? We need international solidarity to resolve this issue. We must not wash our hands of it. Australia should take its share of responsibility and support the Kurdish people in Syria who fought so courageously.

[Published in The Age Letters, July 5, 2019]

Call for Australia to support an end to Kurdish leader’s isolation

leylguvs[The following is the text of a letter submitted to the Melbourne Age. It was not published.] Kurdish MP Leyla Güven has now spent 90 days on hunger strike, calling for an end to the total isolation of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan.  Despite being released from prison by a recent court order, Güven’s hunger strike continues.  Over 300 Kurdish political prisoners – including MPs, journalists and academics – are following her example, at various stages of indefinite hunger strikes. Continue reading