Defend the Women’s Revolution of Rojava, N.E. Syria
Emergency Demo outside BBC Portland Place, Sunday 13th October 13.00-16.00
On 9th October, Turkey invaded Syria, specifically the part where the Kurds have set up an autonomous region which now stretches across more than 25% of Syria’s land mass liberated from the grip of ISIS in February 2019. The Americans, along with their European allies which includes the UK, provided air cover but they relied heavily on the Kurdish boots on the ground to achieve victory over ISIS.
Although the threat has not gone away as thousands of ISIS prisoners in Kurdish camps are reportedly regrouping, and overstretched Kurdish forces will be focusing on the Turkish threat, Trump in his ‘matchless wisdom’ has withdrawn his troops and given Turkey carte blanche to do what they will. Erdogan of Turkey has vowed to obliterate the Kurds of Syria because he believes they are connected to the Kurds of Turkey who he has labelled ‘terrorists’ for campaigning for their right to self-determination.
Why should this be important to us? Because in the middle of war-torn Syria, behind the frontlines, they were also setting up an ecologically sustainable, multi-ethnic, truly democratic society with women in the driving seat, heading up every institution in a co-presidentship arrangement with men. It is the only part of Syria where sharia councils have been abolished and religion has been consigned to the private sphere. Child marriage, forced marriage, dowry and polygamy have been banned; honour killings, violence and discrimination against women have been criminalised.
Under the most difficult circumstances, they have shown that another world is possible! This is what all of us are working towards. We cannot let Turkey destroy this template for the future. We cannot betray the Kurds, 11, 000 of whom have been killed in the battle with ISIS.
We support the following demands that:
- UK government and the coalition apply pressure on Turkey to withdraw
- UK stops selling arms to Turkey
- Turkey is ejected from NATO
- A boycott of Turkish goods and tourism
- A No-Fly zone over Rojava