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DON¨T LET ROJAVA BECOME ANOTHER YEMEN
URGENT STATEMENT FROM THE EMERGENCY COMMITTEE FOR ROJAVA
Dec. 19, 2018
With reports of the Trump administration planning to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, along with disturbing new documentation released today on war crimes in Afrin, we are writing to alert our elected representatives and the public to the dire consequences should Turkey attack Rojava (the Kurdish majority region in northeastern Syria) east of the Euphrates, as it has promised.
Turkey appears poised to attack whether or not American troops are stationed there. On Dec. 12, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a
speech saying a Turkish offensive is imminent.
The US has warned Turkey similarly in the past with no real
Turkey has already been signaling its intentions by sniping at civilians across the border and bombing Kurdish areas in Iraq including the Makhmour refugee camp and Mount Shingal, home to the Yazidis.
A year ago, without any provocation, Turkey crossed the border into Syria to invade and occupy Afrin, driving out its Kurdish citizens, looting and confiscating their property, taking hostages, and repopulating the area with
jihadis and Arabs from other parts of Syria in a demographic change that amounts to ethnic cleansing.
The U.S. ignored Kurdish appeals for help despite the help of the coalition of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to defeat ISIS. Now the Trump Administration says it will withdraw troops from Syria.
Half the population of Afrin are expelled, many to makeshift refugee camps in mid winter and their lands and property seized
We call on Congress and the American people to see that thisextraordinary but fragile democracy is not endangered. It is critical that the U.S. take this stand because:
Rojava is the only democratically-run part of Syria based on secular, feminist, and ecological principles.
Its values oppose both fundamentalism and dictatorship.
integration of other ethnicities and women into positions of power throughout society.
The SDF have consistently proven to be the only reliable US ally in the war against ISIS. Now that they have almost finished the job, and taken immense losses, it is essential that we honor our moral obligation to the people who fought ISIS by helping them realize a peaceful co-existence with all regional powers.
Rather than deserting Rojava, the U.S. must commit to giving the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (the official name of Rojava), economic and political as well as military assistance, and should put all possible pressure on Turkey to reopen peace negotiations with its own Kurds.
As Aliza Marcus said recently in the New York Times:
‘The U.S. has faltered in Syria too many times in the past. It can prevent a bloodbath and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, if it demands Erdogan stand down. It can press Turkey to reopen peace negotiations with its own Kurdish population, stopping the endless cycle of
violence. We urge the Trump Administration and Congress to act to defend Rojava before it is too late. Emergency Committee for Rojava Steering Committee The U.S.-based Emergency Committee for Rojava was formed in March 2018 after the Turkish invasion of Afrin and is supported by prominent American academics and activists’.
Contact: Debbie Bookchin or Matt Whitley at +1.914.222.1587 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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This coming year the Turkish fascist state has proposed a genocide in Rojava, Syrian Kurdisyan. After the invasion and killing of Afrin, of the latest attacks on Kobane that are swelling the refugee camps (which he also attacks!), and the entire list of killings and selective jails, Erdogan threatens to attack Rojava and its revolution
( Note: as with the Afrin invasion atrocities Erdogan first pours out lies and propaganda as he prepares the FSA mercenaries, including Al Qaeda and ex ISIS terrorists in Idlib (and his giant NATO army), raising their wages of death and openly promising them loot, rape, properties and land in Rojava, hoping to then annex, ‘cleanse ethnically’ and ‘Turkify’ the whole of Syria. This man is worse than Hitler! )
These threats are serious, and we know they have the means to do so.
Fighters and the general population say that, as always, they will fight to defend themselves from these attacks.
Each of these decisions from the offices of Turkish power and supported by European armament, will end up with many deaths, people injured, more refugees, food shortages and a world of pain.
Once again, people of all ages are forced to defend themselves from fascist terror, which endorses groups like the Islamic State and, on the other hand, criminalizes the resistance and the Kurdish Revolution.
Let us not forget that the Revolution that is taking place in Kurdistan is a feminist and anti-capitalist Revolution, that they are also our partners and that therefore our solidarity becomes essential.
We expect from these (relatively) rich and privileged countries the rejection to Erdogan and anger for the complicity and silence of the rest of the world.
Strength for those who fight in Kurdistan!
Jin, jyyan, Azadî
Just 24 hrs before they started blasting the only progressive forces in the Middle East with US planes and German tanks the ‘Turkish Hitler’ Erdogan gave permission to Russia to build the 2nd #turkstreamgas pipeline through Turkey into Europe. (see Jan 21 2018 Gazprom receives construction permit for second string of TurkStream)In return Russia was probably blackmailed to criminally okay the bombing.
- 154th journalist imprisoned in Turkey by ErdoganAsli Ceren Aslan, editor of the newspaper Özgür Gelecek (Free Future) was arrested on 9 February in the province of Urfa province, Kurdish southeast of Turkey. She was “officially” arrested in Urfa, near the border with Syria while following the events in Syria and Rojava Kurdistan.
Athens, Greece: Incendiary Attack Against Turkish State-Owned Company Istikbal in Solidarity with the Defenders of Afrin
”During the night of the 2nd of February we attacked the Turkish company Istikbal with an incendiary device and we torched a 7.5 tonne truck in front of their headquarters at 152 Kifissias Avenue.
Ambulance blocked by police. DBP Silopi District Co-Chair, Gülşen Özden speaking to BBC Turkish in Silopi on killings of politician women said she received a phone call around 7:35 p.m. and the voice on the other end saidthey were shot and called for an ambulance. “They phoned me again in a few minutes saying ‘We are losing blood, hurry up. We all will die if you don’t come in 10 minutes’. By the time the bodies were rescued they held 19 bullets. Daily massacres take place in Eastern Turkey (North Kurdistan) as the Turkish police and half million strong army indulge in pogroms against the Kurdish population, who demand autonomous self-rule (but not a new state).
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