[By John Tully] Solidarity with the Kurdish freedom struggle was stepped up at an inspiring conference held in Melbourne over the June 30-July 1 weekend. The conference, which was held at the Flinders Street campus of Victoria University, discussed the bold experiment in radical democracy, feminism and ecology that is taking place in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS). Most importantly, the conference resolved that “it is a duty of supporters of the liberation struggle in northern Syria to make determined efforts to publicise its inspiring achievements and build practical solidarity with it”. Continue reading
The following statement was adopted by the conference, The Rojava Revolution in northern Syria: An experiment in radical democracy, feminism & ecology, Melbourne, July 1, 2017. 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 Dave Holmes] 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 spread knowledge about the Rojava Revolution and to build support for it.
The conference is being hosted by the Victoria University College of Arts & Education and organised by Honorary Professor John Tully with the assistance of the Kurdish Democratic Community Centre of Victoria and Australians for Kurdistan. It will be held at the city campus of Victoria University (300 Flinders Street, Melbourne). Continue reading
[By Dave Holmes] Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale expressed his strong support for the embattled Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey. The left-wing party has a strong base among the country’s oppressed Kurdish community. Speaking at a November 17 Kurdish solidarity meeting at Melbourne’s Trades Hall, Dr Di Natale condemned the current crackdown by the regime of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The HDP’s joint leaders, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdag, have been arrested along with a number of the party’s other MPs. Continue reading
Two online petitions targeting Turkey’s moves towards dictatorial rule are appealing for public support.
- Bring President Erdogan to International Criminal Court for the hate crimes he committed can be found here.
- The second petition (the English-language text is at the end) hits the repression of Turkey’s left-wing pro-Kurdish Democratic Freedom Party, especially the recent arrest of most of its parliamentarians.
The Australian government’s prosecution of Kurdish-Australian journalist Renas Lelikan will be the focus of a public meeting to be held at Melbourne’s Trades Hall on November 17. The meeting will also call for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to be removed from the government’s list of terrorist organisations. Imposed in 2004, the ban has been kept by successive Coalition and Labor governments to curry favour with the Turkish regime. Today Turkey’s Erdogan regime is waging a brutal war against its Kurdish minority and the Kurdish-led liberation forces in northern Syria.
The gathering is being organised by Australians for Kurdistan and the Kurdish Democratic Community Centre. Speakers so far confirmed include civil liberties lawyers Jessie Smith and Rob Stary.
Thursday, November 17, 6:30pm. New Council Chambers, Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South. Entry $5/$3. For more information email Australians for Kurdistan.
[By John Tully] The second bail hearing for Kurdish journalist Renas Lelikan was held in Sydney on October 6. NSW Supreme Court Judge Natalie Adams reserved her decision on his appeal until October 14. Lelikan, who is charged with membership of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has been remanded in custody since July 20. Continue reading
Kurdish solidarity activist John Tully has had a lengthy and informative article on the Renas Lelikan case published in the online journal Tasmanian Times. Lelikan has been charged with being a member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).Tully’s article is entitled Australia panders to a despot and a loyal citizen pays the price ….It provides an overview of the case, vital background to the Kurdish freedom struggle and exposes Australia’s shameful support for the Turkish dictatorship. John is an honorary professor at Melbourne’s Victoria University and the author of a number of works of history as well as several novels.
I wish to begin by acknowledging that we are rallying on Aboriginal land and pay my respects to the elders past and present, as well as emerging leaders. I bring you greetings of solidarity from the National Tertiary Education Union who are unwavering in our support for academic freedom and freedom of speech and political opinion. Continue reading