When Extinction Rebellion met the Kurdish Liberation Movement
The Marble Arch occupiers had invited Kurdish activists and their supporters to talk about the Kurdish Liberation Movement.
Tom Anderson has written on The Canary about the last day of the occupation of Marble Arch in London by xtinction Rebellion (XR) activists. The Marble Arch occupiers had invited Kurdish activists and their supporters to run a workshop on creating a revolution based on democracy, ecology and women’s freedom.
"XR has held a ten-day-long occupation of several sites in London. - writes Anderson - Their protests are demanding action on climate change. The key demand is that the government set up a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
Kurdish activists and their supporters welcomed the invitation from XR. Jack Eyre, an organiser for London Kurdistan Solidarity, said in a press release:
Extinction Rebellion and the Kurdish Freedom Movement stand together as broadly aligned movements. Just as XR focuses on tackling the climate and ecological emergencies, social ecology is a central pillar of the Kurdish Freedom Movement’s philosophy, derived from [imprisoned Kurdish leader] Abdullah Öcalan."
A crowd of over 100 people joined the workshop about the history of the Kurdish freedom struggle and the hunger strike resistance demanding the end of isolation against Öcalan.
The full article can be read here.