International Day in Support of the Kurdish Struggle in Afrin

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Source: Kurdistan America Latina / The Dawn News / March 21, 2018

The criminal assault to Afrin -Syria- constitutes a new phase of the war waged by the Turkish State and its terrorist allies against the Kurdish people. The invasion and these genocidal attacks have been carried on before the eyes of humanity, something not possible without the complicity of main powers of the world. On March 24, the International Solidarity Day towards Afrin will be declared. Under this slogan, several actions and mobilizations will be carried on throughout the world in defense of this territory and its inhabitants.

The heroic resistance of the Kurdish people in the struggle for Kobane unleashed the collapse of the peace process and the propagation of the Syrian war to the Kurdish area of Turkey. In the last 2 years we have been witnesses of the human rights atrocities committed against the Kurdish people, with thousands of casualties and hundreds of thousands of displaced persons.

Now, the war against the Kurdish people has intensified even more with the criminal invasion of the Syrian territory. The war crimes against the Kurdish people in Afrin are crimes against humanity, and the resistance of the Kurdish people is the resistance of the whole war.

Several organizations and social movements will raise a call to the immediate implementation of a ceasefire in Afrin and in Syria for March 24, This request goes hand to hand with the one realized by the Security Council of the United Nations.

At the same time, the immediate retreat of the Turkish army will be demanded. The presence of the Turkish forces constitutes a flagrant violation of the International Humanitarian Rights. They will also demand the full and inclusive participation of the Syrian Kurds and their organization in the peace process leaded by the UN which seeks to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict.

Dozens of political and thought leaders launched an statement titled “To support the resistance is an historical challenge”, in reference to the struggle of the people in Afrin.

The signing organizations, movements and personalities of this statement are, among others: The European Platform of solidarity towards Afrin, the Campaign Against Criminalization of Communities of the United Kingdom, the Peoples’ Congress; several internationalist groups, Stephen Bouquin, Sociology Teacher in the Paris-Saclay University, David Graeber, Anthropology Teacher in the London School of Economics, Federico Venturini, Italian social ecologist, Janet Biehl, independent American author and investigator, Joost Jongerden, from the Sociology and Anthropology Department of the Wageningen University -Netherlands- and member of the European Parliament.


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