Rally & march: Stop Turkey’s war on the Kurdish people

Saturday, September 11, 2pm
State Library, Swanston St, Melbourne


Please note changed date. Due to the July lockdown many events have had to be rescheduled.


The Turkish regime is attacking the Kurdish people on all fronts.

In Turkey, the Kurdish-based HDP (People’s Democratic Party) is under constant attack. Thousands of activists are in jail or before the courts. Elected officials are sacked and jailed and an outright ban looms.

In northern Syria, Turkey and its Islamist mercenaries have invaded and occupied the territories of the Autonomous Administration (‘Rojava’). It has carried out large-scale ethnic cleansing against the Kurds and established a brutal, lawless regime.

In Kurdish Iraq, for over a year Turkey has been waging a brutal war trying to establish a chain of bases there and deal a crippling blow to the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) in its guerilla strongholds.

Here in Australia our government stays silent. It falsely keeps the PKK on the terror list and continues to persecute desperate refugees, many of whom are Kurds who fled persecution in theocratic, anti-Kurd Iran.

Speakers: Janet Rice (Greens Senator), Rob Stary (criminal lawyer), speaker from Vic Trades Hall, others TBA.

Organised by Australians for Kurdistan & Federation of Democratic Kurdish Societies Australia — Melbourne.

[Image: Protest against killing of HDP activist Deniz Poyraz in Izmir.]

Renas Lelikan judgement gives background to freedom struggle

6882556-3x2-700x467Justice Lucy McCallum’s judgement in the Renas Lelikan case makes very interesting reading. Lelikan admitted to informal PKK membership but stated that his role was that of a journalist reporting on the Kurdish freedom fighters. McCallum freed him with a community service order. The prosecution has appealed seeking a custodial sentence to deter anyone from supporting PKK. For more background see below.