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.
[By John Tully] Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish writer and cultural and human rights activist from Ilam in Iran. In early 2013, the regime’s “Revolutionary Guards” raided the premises of the Kurdish magazine Werya and arrested 11 of Behrouz’s colleagues. Behrouz’s passion has been the survival of the Kurdish language and culture in the hostile Iranian state. Behrouz fled certain arrest and made his way across the ocean to seek asylum in Australia. Continue reading
[The following is the text of a leaflet distributed at a rally for refugees in Melbourne on October 11.]
War and repression in the Middle East has forced millions to seek refuge, whether in neighbouring countries or further afield in Europe or even Australia.
Living mainly in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, the Kurdish people suffer in all four countries. Continue reading