JOIN US ON 11 JUNE - 1pm - Meeting at BBC Portland Place - W1A 1AA
STOP TURKEY’S WAR - DEFEND KURDISTAN
WHY must we act now to Defend Kurdistan from Turkey’s new invasion?
On 23 April, Turkey launched a new, deadly invasion of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Turkey’s attacks on Kurdish-populated regions of Iraq use warplanes, drones, ground troops and banned chemical weapons
, killing scores of civilians
and depopulating hundreds of villages.
Turkey’s aim is simple: to ethnically cleanse and occupy a 1400km
strip of territory through Kurdish-populated regions of Syria and Iraq. Turkey has already built several military bases in Iraq in violation of international law, and occupied thousands of square kilometres in Syria with the help of jihadist militias including many former ISIS members.
For the Kurds and their struggle for democracy and self-determination
, this war is a question of existence - or annihilation.
HOW is Turkey getting away with its deadly assault on the Kurds?
Western Governments, and the UK in particular, are responsible for this war. Turkey relies on Western tech
to conduct deadly airstrikes on the Kurds. Turkey uses its role as NATO’s second-largest army to win support from the West for its existential war against the Kurds.
NATO, the UK and the West are not just silent in the face of Turkey’s violations. They need an authoritarian, capitalist, nationalist bulwark in Erdoğan’s Turkey. They are terrified of the Kurdish movement’s vision of a decentralised, democratic, egalitarian Middle East.
Only the Kurdish resistance movement
stands in the way of annihilation for the Kurdish people, but Western governments continue to ban, imprison and legally harass those working for a free Kurdistan.
WHAT can I do? WHERE and WHEN?
As Kurds, their friends and supporters, political parties, trade unions, social movements, and defenders of democracy and justice in the UK, we have a duty to speak up now and hold our government to account over their role in Turkey’s attempted genocide
against the Kurds.
We demand the UK halts arms sales to Turkey
; pressures Turkey for an end to the conflict; stops criminalising the Kurdish political movement; and pushes for re-opened peace negotiations
That’s why we’re calling a major national demo
on 11 June
. Join us to mobilise and fight back against Turkish state fascism. Let’s show the UK government we won’t be silent any longer.
11 June - 1pm - Meeting at BBC Portland Place - W1A 1AA