Don’t look away: The fight for Afrin is a struggle for radical democracy

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Under fire from the forces of reaction, Afrin is the frontline in the fight for democracy. We cannot afford to ignore or abandon the revolutionaries there, write Amber HuffPatrick Huff and Salima Tasdemir

Originally published on Red Pepper, 22 March, 2018

Afrin

For nearly two months, members of the international Kurdish diaspora, their allies and friends around the world, have called for action and watched with dread, frustration and radical hope as a few thousand lightly-armed members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), People’s Defense Units (YPG) and Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) have confronted and resisted a gruesomely violent invasion of Afrin Canton in northern Syria by NATO’s second largest military power.

The fight for Afrin

Early Sunday, the news that many had been dreading began to circulate on social media alongside claims by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that the city centre of Afrin had been taken, the ‘terrorists’ were…

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