Demonstration in New York today
American associations and groups called on US Congress and the UN to stop "this war crime" against Kurds.
The American Kurdish Association (AKA), Emergency Committee for Rojava (ECR), Outlive Them NYC and Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) have called upon Congress and the United Nations to press for the immediate implementation of a No-Fly Zone along the Syrian border with Turkey.
Kurdish ECR member Ozlem Goner, an assistant professor of sociology at CUNY Staten Island said: "Already dozens of innocent civilians have been injured or killed, thousands of people are beingdisplaced. ISIS terrorists have escaped from prisons, Islamic State women are trying to seize the over-crowded Al-Hol camp."
Goner added: "The Turkish invasion of Rojava is turning into exactly the catastrophe predicted. Turkey has crossed the border into Syria, a sovereign nation, and has unleashed a massive assault against a completely peaceful region to try to obliterate the Kurdish people and a political system that is based on grassroots democracy, feminism and ecology. This is a war crime. It is impossible to understand how the Congress, UN and nations of the world are standing idly by."
AKA, ECR and a coalition of Rojava support groups have called for a rally at Union Square today, Saturday at 2 pm (New York time).
The AKA, ECR, Outlive Them and MACC called for:
1) Immediate implementation of a no-fly zone, which would prevent Turkish air forces from inflicting massive damage on civilians by bombing homes, schools, hospitals and water treatment plants, as happened when Turkey invaded the largely Kurdish canton of Afrin in January 2018.
2) The cessation of all Turkish hostilities against Rojava and initiation of US- and UN- sponsored negotiations. Until such negotiations are finalized, the US should keep its people and equipment in Northeast Syria to protect the 6 million people of Rojava from further aggression by Turkey, the al-Qaeda linked militias it sponsors, or Damascus.
“Turkey is sowing death and destruction, using former captives and Free Syrian Army militias to attack the Kurdish people, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities in the region,” said ECR member Debbie Bookchin.
“Turkey will drive the local population out of their homes as it did in Afrin and subject those who remain to the rule of jihadis. This is a war crime in which Trump and NATO are complicit. It must be stopped before it is too late,” she added.