URGENT DEMO IN BRIGHTON: STOP THE FASCIST TURKISH STATE INVASION OF ROJAVA! Thursday 25 January 2018

From Sussex Kurdish Community info@kurdishcom.com

Churchill Square, Brighton, Thursday 25 January 2018 12pm
The Fascist Turkish State has begun its threatened invasion of Afrin in Rojava/Northern Syria. 72 Turkish fighter jets have been bombing Afrin since 4pm Saturday, many civilians including children have been killed!
We must defend Afrin with the spirit of the Kobane resistance!
We call on people in solidarity with the Kurdish struggle to protest and condemn this genocidal invasion.
EVERYWHERE IS AFRIN! EVERYWHERE IS RESISTANCE!

Stop Turkey`s war on the Kurds and #DefendAfrin

The seven year long internal conflict in Syria turned into an international war, which resulted in the killings of hundreds of thousands of people and the displacement of millions, was almost nearing an end. The Turkish government under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, together with Al Qaeda (Heyet Tahrir El Şam), ISIS and with other Salafist groups are now preparing a military operation to attack Afrin, a Kurdish city (canton) in Northern Syria. This will mean a new bloody conflict that would drag the region into a renewed catastrophe, inflicting hunger, killing more children, displacing the local population and another international humanitarian crisis. Under international law this action is defined as an “operation for invasion”.

In 2017, Raqqa, the capital city of so-called ISIS, was liberated by an international coalition that included the SDF (made up of Kurdish and Arabic forces). This was the start of the end of ISIS. This new situation of ending the horrific war raging through Syria, finally led to a political dialogue for a possible solution for peace in the region. Any Turkish military attacks on the Kurdish city of Afrin will only initiate the start of yet another bloody conflict.

The safest and the most stable areas of Syria, are those regions that are now under the administrations of Kurds and their allies. One of these cantons is Afrin. Afrin became a safe haven from the begining of this war, freed from any conflict and war.

Neither Afrin Canton, nor the other northern Syrian Kurdish regions, have ever attacked or threatened to attack Turkey. In fact, Turkey has constantly threatend and attacked the villages and localities several times in recent years. The legal definition of Turkey’s actions, in the international law, is defined as “attacking a sovereign country”, invasion of their land and unprovoked assault on their civilians. This act is an example of Turkey’s long enmity towards the Kurdish community.

Our call and demands to the international community:

  • Afrin has been one of the most stable and secure regions in Syria over the past five years. With this in mind, the city has taken in as much as its original population in IDPs. The UN and the International Coalition must ensure the continuation of Afrin’s stability and security. Afrin must be protected against external attacks.
  • Afrin is not a threat to Turkey and has not attacked anyone. The Turkish state is attacking Afrin because it is against the Kurds and Kurdish gains. This reality must not be neglected and the Turkish state’s attacks must be prevented.
  • Russia, who is responsible for Afrin’s air space, must not be a spectator to Turkey’s attacks and must prevent any such show of aggression.
  • The attacks of the Turkish state against Afrin, Rojava and north Syria as a whole is beneficial for ISIS and other Salafist groups. The International Coalition Against ISIS must take precautions against this and must prevent the Turkish army’s attacks.
  • The Turkish state is an occupying force in Syria. The international community must not be a spectator to this situation and the Turkish army must be made to leave Syrian soil
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Kurdish Solidarity Network meeting 10-11 February in Brighton.

KSN Networking Proposal pdf

We can now confirm a meeting date on 10-11 February at the Cowley Club in Brighton.

A suggested outline for the weekend is to have meetings (including breaks) from 12-6pm on Saturday 10th, followed by social time in the evening, where we can also, for example, organise a film, talk, or other activity, then optional time on the Sunday for workshops around themes… for example, “what is solidarity?”, or “History of the Kurdish Women’s Movement”… whatever people are interested in / would like to offer.

If you are able to come to this meeting, please send an email to brightonkurdsolidarity@riseup.net with the name of your group (individuals are also welcome), number of people, whether you need crash space and for how many people and which night(s), any dietary requirements, and if you have something to offer or a suggestion about what you would like to see happen.

From K.S.N. by e-mail

Support the Cowley Club

The Occupy sanctuary in Bournemouth. 04.00, Saturday 30th December 2017.

All is calm, all is bright. More than 30 people have a place to put their home tonight thanks to all the love & hard graft freely given to those people without a flat or a house to put their homes in.

This fire has been burning continuously now for more than a week come rain or shine, we shall defend this land.

The Occupy sanctuary in Bournemouth. 04.00, Saturday 30th December 2017.

From Facebook.

TEV-DEM statement on recent accusation Bashar Assad throw at the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Navenda Pêwendiyên Dîplomatîk a Tevgera Civaka Demokratîk (TEV-DEM)
مركز العلاقات الدبلوماسیة – تف – دم
The Diplomatic Relations Centre of the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM)

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the International Coalition against ISIS  have now triumphed over the most brutal organisation that committed all forms of barbarism against the international community. Along with the ongoing fight against the extremist groups, we have been working hard to establish a democratic system in Northern Syria based on religious toleration, inter-ethnic cooperation, gender equality, and environmental protection. This allowed for the promotion of a co-existence life forged among diverse social and religious entities, preventing a possible disintegration of the country.

Seeing our democratic project as a threat to their authoritarian and non-democratic states, both Turkey and Syrian have been increasing their intimidation campaigns. For example, Turkey wants to occupy Efrîn and it has so far conducted various cross-border attacks. At the same time, Bashar Assad is accusing the SDF of treason for co-operating with the Coalition forces to fight off terrorism. He has forgotten the fact that it was the SDF which cleared 30% of the Syrian territory of terrorists and spread democracy, pluralism and the rule of law in the region.

The SDF is a patriotic force and considered as the national army, for it fought against terrorism and brought it to an end. Assad’s statement on the SDF reveals his authoritarian mentality which does not seem to have changed, seven years of bloody war notwithstanding. One of the major causes of the current crisis is this centralist mind-set which Assad is now showing to have clung to. His statement serves as the basis for another conflict which would cost the life of many more, pit different peoples against one another, and put the future of democracy at risk.

What is more, the regime’s act of fomenting religious sectarianism and pitting different religious and ethnic groups against one another can be defined as treason. If the peoples of Syria do not raise their objection to such a divisive scheme, it may lead the country towards disintegration, an outcome that will be prevented by the will of our conscious peoples.

We call upon all those for whom Syria and its security is of importance to take a stance against such an accusation, which would interrupt the International Coalition’s efforts to eradicate terrorist groups.

The TEV-DEM’s Foreign Relations Centre
22.12.2017

Email: p.d.rojavayekurdistan@gmail.com, tevdeminfo@gmail.com
Website: tev-dem.com
Tell: 00963-52456696 Facebook: PDR Tev-Dem

Homeless are doing it for themselves in Bournemouth.

Occupy Bournemouth is back, with a homeless sanctuary encampment opposite the B.I.C. on Exeter Rd.

There is a kitchen with hot and cold food, tea and coffee, a campfire, medical tent, music, and room for lots more people in a safe enclosed space. This is a voluntary grassroots initiative, no cops, council, church or state involvement. As of today there are spare tents and an abundance of food and clothing kindly donated by locals. If you’re on the street tonight we urge you to come down, eat and get some rest, join in, help out as you can.

Right now we need volunteers more than things, but tarpaulins, tents and building materials would be welcome, firewood, straw for a compost toilet, and if anyone’s got a serviceable generator, or can fix the one on site, that would help.

The first eviction attempt is planned for the 2nd of January so we want everyone and their aunt on site first thing. If you aren’t working that day please come and support the camp, the greater the numbers, the more relaxed the day will be.

Free Rodrigo Lanza!

Barcelona Indymedia – Machine translated:

From different companions and friends of Rodrigo Lanza.

United by anti-fascist ideas, we want to make a public statement about the recent events that have led our colleague to enter prison.

After days of media bombardment with false and unsubstantiated information, with the intention of obtaining a public verdict prior to the declaration of the parties, today we finally have the version of Rodrigo and other witnesses.

The first “official truth” has built a version that little fits the events that took place on Thursday night, presenting Victor Laínez as a passive victim of hatred of the Spanish flag, and Rodrigo Lanza as an armed aggressor, acting with premeditation, from behind and in a gang.

That night our comrade defended his life against a fascist aggressor with a knife, he defended himself with his body, unarmed.

Victor Laínez is a member of the far right of Aragon related to both known neo-Nazis and the Spanish Falange of the Jons, who recognize him as a member of their organisation and publicly state:

“Let everyone know, that if the Vasconavarra Falange has to choose between the heroic examples of Victor Lainez and Josué Estébanez, both of us are happy, but we are going to opt for Josué. Before prison than cemetery.”

Let us remember that Joshua Estébanez de la Hija is a neo-Nazi paramilitary who ten years ago killed the 16-year-old antifascist Carlos Palomino, stabbing him in the chest.

Victor Laínez was not a “good-natured patriot,” an ordinary citizen who loved his country. He was a fascist with an active and openly racist attitude. We have evidence of his earlier participation in violent events, (as in the attack carried out together with neo-Nazis in the “Barrio Latino” bar more than 20 years ago) and of an entire career in the Falange movement.

The facts of that night: after previously insulting Rodrigo (South American and punk style) by saying “sudaka de mierda, go to your country”, Victor Laínez followed Rodrigo, and when he left the bar, took a knife and tried to stab him in the back. Fortunately Rodrigo was warned by one of the witnesses, he turned around and to repel the attack, struck Victor Lainez then left the premises.

Thanks to this legitimate exercise of self-defence Rodrigo is still alive, about which we are happy, since in other occasions we can not say the same.

We must bear in mind the number of political assassinations carried out by extreme right-wingers in the Spanish state in the last 30 years, and the present rise of nationalist aggression. Fascism and anti-fascism are in conflict, and that’s nothing new in this state or elsewhere. The rise of the extreme right is a very palpable reality around the globe.

The current political climate in the Spanish state could not be less favourable due to the nationalist conflict for the self-determination of Catalonia. With the complicity of the press, this case is being exploited by partisan and electoral interests which extol national pride and point to the squat movement and migrants in general, as enemies of society.

On the other hand it is clear that there is a clear intention to take political advantage of what happened to put in doubt once again the version of the police assembly of the 4F, for which Rodrigo served 5 years in prison.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and solidarity and reiterate that the fight for a more just society continues.

Freedom for Rodrigo Lanza!

Companions and friends of Rodrigo Lanza

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Bristol Kurdish Solidarity Network event: Talk and film night on the Revolution in Rojava 5th December

Dear Friends,

Please share details of the following event in Bristol on Tuesday 5th December 2017:

Venue: Brunswick Club, 15-16 Brunswick Square, Bristol BS2 8NX 19:00-21:30

Members of Plan C, who have just returned from volunteering on civil projects in Rojava (the Democratic Confederation of Northern Syria) will be reporting back on Rojava and the wider Kurdish movement. The revolution is based on direct democracy, gender equality and ecology, and seeks to create a solidarity economy.

How can we in the West learn from what is happening and offer our solidarity? Followed by question and answer session.

We will also be screening some short films in tribute to Mehmet Aksoy, the London-based Kurdish film maker who tragically lost his life in Raqqa in September.

Suggested donations £3-£10 to cover speakers’ and BKSN costs but no one turned away through lack of funds.

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Bristol Kurdish Solidarity Network.