Kurds in Germany to take to the streets against Turkish attacks on Rojava
The Kurdish umbrella organization in Germany, KON-MED, has announced protests against Turkey's attacks in northern and eastern Syria and the threat of invasion. In addition to a demonstration in Düsseldorf on Saturday, several rallies are planned.
The Kurdish umbrella organisation in Germany, KON-MED, has announced protests in view of Turkey's belligerent aggression against the autonomous regions of northern and eastern Syria and the threat of invasion. In addition to a demonstration in Düsseldorf on Saturday, several rallies are planned, among others in Berlin, Stuttgart and Kiel.
"As KON-MED, we condemn the fascist-motivated attacks of the Turkish state against the peoples of northern and eastern Syria in the strongest possible terms," the umbrella organisation said in a statement on Friday. It also outlawed the ignorance of Western states such as the USA and Germany, "which make the attacks possible through their silence and failure to act".
KON-MED also formulated criticism in the direction of Russia, which largely controls the airspace over north-eastern Syria. "The hypocritical policy towards the Kurdish people, who have sacrificed tens of thousands of their children in the fight against ISIS, should be abandoned, the airspace over Rojava should be closed and all support for the Turkish occupying state should be stopped," the organisation demanded.
"We state that we will not accept the hostility against northern and eastern Syria at any time," KON-MED said and called upon the Kurdish and revolutionary democratic public to oppose the "anti-Kurdish intention of annihilation of the Turkish state" and to defend Rojava everywhere in the streets.
Actions have been announced in the following cities:
Berlin: Alexanderplatz 5.30 p.m.
Bielefeld: Kesselbrink, 6.00 p.m.
Darmstadt: Central station, 3.00 p.m.
Düsseldorf: DGB-Haus, 1.00 p.m.
Freiburg: Square of the Old Synagogue, 3.30 p.m.
Kiel: Central Station, 5.00 p.m.
Stuttgart: Schlossplatz (Kobanê Square), 6.00 p.m.
For months, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been threatening to invade the autonomous regions of northern and eastern Syria again. Turkey has already invaded the region three times in violation of international law and has occupied large parts of the country. Ankara wants to establish a 30-kilometre-deep "security zone" within the north-eastern Syrian autonomous areas because the autonomous administration poses a "terrorist threat" to Turkey.
At two summit meetings in Tehran and Sochi in recent weeks, Erdoğan asked Russia for the green light for another war of aggression against northern and eastern Syria. So far, Moscow, but also the USA, has opposed an invasion. Therefore, Turkey is intensifying its drone war and artillery attacks against the region.
According to consistent data from the media organisation Rojava Information Center (RIC) and the Human Rights Violations Documentation Centre, Turkey has carried out at least 68 drone attacks against northern and eastern Syria alone since the beginning of the year. At least 46 people - civilians and members of the Syrian Democratic Forces - have been killed and around 80 others injured.