[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
[By Peter Boyle] The Yazidi minority community in Sinjar, Iraq is still recovering from the horrendous 2014 genocide by Islamic State (IS) terrorists. Yet, on January 15 it was the target of another deadly airstrike by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s dictatorial regime. Continue reading
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.
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
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.
[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