Responding to a call for solidarity on January 26th and 27th with the ongoing struggle for freedom, women’s liberation, and autonomy in Rojava, people across the world took part in solidarity actions under the banner, #RiseUp4Rojava. Large solidarity actions took place in Greece, in London, and in many other cities and towns. Below is a roundup of actions that took place in the US and some international highlights.
January 27th also represents the four year anniversary of the revolutionary defeat of ISIS in Kobane. As Abolitionist Media Worldwide pointed out, anarchists and other autonomous antifascists have been active in these ongoing military engagements, both fighting within the YPG and the YPJ, but also in autonomous anarchist and international antifascist formations as well.
For updates on the Rojavan revolution in English, see video dispatches from Internationalist Commune, the Tekoşîna Anarşîst Collective which is fighting on the ground, and Abolitionist Media Worldwide which is posting news of solidarity actions and initiatives.
London Kurdistan Solidarity @LDNKurdSol 21 hours ago This morning revolutionary youth & militants of YPG/J Defence Group-London (YDG-L) carried out an action, see the photos for the full statement – share widely!
Ⓐ #RiseUp4Rojava Ⓐ @AcrataRevolt …Concentració als
#PremisGaudí al Palau de Palau de Congressos de Catalunya a #Barcelona per recordar els 4 anys de l’alliberament de la ciutat de #Kobanê i per donar suport a la revolució de #Rojava (Kurdistan de Síria). #StopTurkeyDefendRojava #RiseUp4Rojava #CatalunyaAmbRojava
Solidarity with Rojava from East Borneo, Balikpapan, Indonesia
“All power to the Kurdish people fighting for their autonomy and liberation.”
Ikarus Gang Solidarity. East Borneo, Balikpapan.
Kurdish politician Leyla Güven has been on a hunger strike in Amed for 81 days, HDP member Nasır Yağız in Hewlêr (Erbil) for 68 days, the first group of hunger strikers in Turkish prisons for 43 days, 14 activists in Strasbourg for 42 days, İmam Şiş in Newport also 42 days. Further indefinite hunger strikes take place in Duisburg, The Hague, Canada and Maxmur in Southern Kurdistan.
To support the hunger strikers in their call for an end to the isolation of the PKK’s founder Abdullah Öcalan, solidarity actions took place in nine European countries yesterday.
In Bremen a demonstration took place from the main station to the state parliament, in which also members of the German Left Party DIE LINKE took part. At the closing rally, a speech by Nimet Sevim from the hunger strike in Strasbourg was broadcast live over the phone.
At a demonstration in Darmstadt, Kurdish politician Mustafa Sarıkaya delivered a speech on behalf of the hunger strikers in Strasbourg.
In Mannheim a demonstration took place from Paradeplatz to the castle.
In Frankfurt, a demonstration of solidarity with a banner saying “Freedom for Öcalan, status for Kurdistan” took place.
At a demonstration of solidarity from Bernauer Strasse to Alexanderplatz in Berlin, people carried YPG/YPJ flags in addition to banners expressing solidarity with the hunger strikers.
In Kassel a demonstration was ataged with the motto “We are all Leyla Güven”.
A demonstration organized by the Kurdish youth movement took place in Düsseldorf.
Further actions took place in Hamburg, Bonn, Stuttgart, Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Hanover, Dresden and Nuremberg.