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.]
[By Dave Holmes] Melbourne, August 5 — A rally outside Melbourne’s State Library protested Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria and its attacks on the Afrin and Shehba regions. 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.
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.
[The following speech was delivered to a Kurdish protest rally in Melbourne on September 17 by Jeannie Rea, National President of the National Tertiary Education Union.]
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