How Turkey has got Europe over a barrel

[Sarah Glynn, co-convenor of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan, attended the recent conference on ‘The European Union, Turkey, The Middle East and the Kurds’ at the European Parliament, and writes about what she found out.]

Relations between Europe and Turkey demonstrate an unedifying realpolitik in which there are many losers, and the only winners are the usual coterie of financiers, arms manufacturers and authoritarian politicians. Continue reading

Thousands march to free Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan

[By Peter Boyle] STRASBOURG, February 20 — Thousands of Kurds and their international supporters converged for a huge march and rally in Strasbourg on February 15 [see photo above], to demand the release of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan. Öcalan has been imprisoned by the Turkish state for the past 21 years, after being illegally abducted in Kenya with the help of the CIA. Continue reading

European left and green MPs support Kurdish struggle

[By Peter Boyle] BRUSSELS, February 13 — Left and green parliamentarians from across Europe condemned Turkey’s invasion of Rojava, the democratic autonomous liberated zone in North and East Syria, at an international conference on February 5–6. The conference was titled “The European Union, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds” and was held in the European Parliament in Brussels. 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

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.

PKK letter to the US: ‘We are not terrorists’

To the American people and President Donald J. Trump,

We refuse comparisons being made between our movement and the inhumane thugs of ISIS. Our response is as follows: There are more than 40 million Kurds living in the Middle East today. At the end of the First World War, outside powers divided them among four autocratic states: Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, where our movement began. Continue reading

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