PYD leader: ‘We are the only democratic force in this land’

[Serkan Demirel interviews Shaoz Hesen, co-chairperson of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the most influential party in the Autonomous Administration of Northern and Eastern Syria.]

The Turkish state continues its occupation attacks on North East Syria, there was agreement among US and Russia and Turkey. Can you explain what is going on?

First of all, I must state that the situation in North East Syria is actually a process of chaos and what is happening in the region is closely related to every problem in Syria. The eyes of local and foreign powers in Syria are on the Rojava region, because these lands are rich in both underground resources and culturally. In addition, the democratic life built in the region, the experience gained and the high presence of Kurds in the region disturb the neighboring countries, especially the Turkish state. Continue reading

Solidarity with Rojava continues to grow

[By Fred Fuentes] October 31 — More trade unions have come out in opposition to Turkey’s invasion of the Kurdish-majority, northern region of Syria, commonly known as Rojava.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union Construction & General Division’s October national conference passed a motion “strongly condemn[ing]” the invasion and stated the union’s support for “the struggle of the Rojava People and their democratic system”. Continue reading

Rojava sign-on statement seeking endorsements

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Australians for Kurdistan has launched a sign-on statement in support of Rojava against Turkey’s criminal invasion and are urgently seeking endorsements. The statement demands “urgent action to force an immediate Turkish withdrawal and allow the entire civilian population of the border regions of Rojava to return to their homes” and calls for Australia to “impose strong diplomatic and economic sanctions on Turkey to force it to comply with international law and withdraw all its troops and proxies from Syria”.

To endorse go to the page on this website and complete the form at the bottom of the statement.

March & rally: Defend Rojava! Turkey get out of Syria!

 

WORLD RESISTANCE DAY FOR ROJAVA

Saturday, November 2, 4pm. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City. Join the global outpouring of solidarity with Rojava.

Organised by the Federation of Democratic Kurdish Society – Australia, Australia Kurdistan Patriotic Association & Australians for Kurdistan.


Given the go-ahead by Washington, Turkey continues its brazen, criminal invasion of northern Syria. For seven years, Rojava has been a beacon of democracy, feminism, and ethnic and religious pluralism. The racist, Kurdophobic Erdogan regime wants to crush this inspiring example lest it spread across the border and encourage Turkey’s own deeply oppressed Kurdish population. Continue reading

Rally & march protests Turkish invasion

MELBOURNE — Hundreds of Kurds and their supporters rallied at the State Library on October 19 to protest Turkey’s criminal  invasion of Rojava. Among the speakers was Michele Harding, mother of YPG volunteer Reece Harding who was martyred fighting the Islamic State in 2015. The rally later marched to Federation Square.

The rally followed a previous well-attended protest on October 12 and a very successful evening vigil at Flinders Street Station on October 16.

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!

 

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.

 

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.]