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
The online Tasmanian Times has just posted a new article by Australians for Kurdistan activist John Tully, an honorary professor at Victoria University. The title sums it up: The Turkish president and authoritarian ‘strongman’, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is the Hitler of the Middle East. He uses the Kurds as Hitler used the Jews. Continue reading
[By Tony Iltis] Some 150 people rallied at Melbourne’s State Library on January 27 as part of an international weekend of actions in solidarity with Afrin, which is currently being subjected to a land invasion and air bombardment by the Turkish state. Speakers described how the Turkish regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan had sent terrorists from Islamic State and al-Qaeda gangs into Rojava to attempt to crush the revolution in northern Syria. These gangs failed prompting Erdogan to send in the Turkish military. Continue reading
[By Dave Holmes] A conference on the Rojava Revolution will be held as the struggle in northern Syria enters perhaps its most critical phase. The Rojava Revolution in Northern Syria: An experiment in radical democracy, feminism & ecology is the title of a conference to be held in Melbourne on Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1. The event aims to inform participants about the revolutionary process, to discuss the problems it faces and to build support for it. Continue reading
[By Ciaran Tully] In July two of the largest unions in the UK, UNITE and GMB, released a letter calling for the release of Abdullah Öcalan so that he can play a leading role in an urgently needed peace process. Citing a petition last year in which 10 million people called for his release and after delegations to the region the unions stated that they were “now totally convinced” that the current conflict could only be resolved by Öcalan’s release and his participation in a new peace process.
The full letter can be found here: GMB and UNITE – Freedom for Ocalan
Australians for Kurdistan now has a crowdfunding option for people wanting to donate to the Kobanê war orphans school. Please consider making a donation, whether large or small.
For the background to this important project see the article by John Tully below.
In 2014-15 the northern Syrian city of Kobanê was besieged by the barbaric Islamic State. After months of desperate struggle Kurdish defence forces won an epic victory but Kobanê was wrecked. Today, despite a vicious Turkish embargo, Kobanê is slowly rebuilding. Continue reading