36 years in prison for Kurdish children trapped in Sur

Children trapped in Sur where genocidal attacks continued for 104 days have been sentenced to a cumulative of 36 years in prison. Pieces of shrapnel removed from the children’s bodies were listed as “evidence”.


The lawsuit filed against 11 children, 3 of them in pretrial detention, accusing them of “membership to a terrorist organization” has concluded. The children had been trapped during the genocidal attacks following the “curfew” declared on November 28, 2015 in Amed’s Sur district by the Turkish state and were rescued through the “life corridor” on March 3, 2016. The case was heard in Diyarbakır High Criminal Court for Minors, where arrestees Ö.S. and M.Ç. were present and F.Y. in Elazığ Type E Prison attended over the videoconferencing system SEGBİS. The prosecutor had asked for the arrested children’s release in the first hearing, but then in later hearings he asked for continued arrest.

The lawyers stated that the identification procedure on their clients was unlawful, and that the children and witnesses testified under duress and torture. The lawyers pointed out that the children’s battery and violence reports were present in the casefile. They stated that the gunshot and explosive residue found on the children’s clothes like Antimon, HDX and RDX was mere contamination from the environment due to the clashes and demanded expert witnesses be appointed by the court to ascertain that.

The children gave their defense via Kurdish interpreters and said they were trapped in Sur due to the clashes and they were not guilty, and demanded their release.

The court refused the lawyers’ appeal and announced the verdict. M.F.D., S.K., F.B., M.S.K and A.A., on trial without detention, received 2.5 years in prison each but the sentence was postponed, as the court took into consideration the facts that the children did not have criminal records and they were not likely to commit another crime. However, R.A., R.H. and Ş.A. accused of membership to a terrorist organization received 3 years and 4 months in prison each, and these sentences were not postponed. The court issued sentences of 4 years 5 months and 10 days in prison for the arrested children F.Y. and M.Ç., and 5 years 4 months for Ö.S.

The court issued a total of 36 years 8 months and 20 days in prison for the 11 children. There were no reductions in sentences due to the “negative behavior” expressed by the children in court, and the court ruled for the continuation of their arrest.

It also come to light that the children had been tortured by the police officers in detention. 16 year old F.Y. had been taken out of Sur wounded and was arrested following his operation, and the 5 pieces of shrapnel removed from his body were listed as evidence, as they had “traces of strong explosives HMX, RDX and TNT”.


Turkey Spends $2.6 Million to Hire Two New Lobbying and PR Firms

Last week, I wrote about a dozen public relations and lobbying firms the Turkish government had already hired. In recent weeks, the Republic of Turkey added two new such firms: Ballard Partners and Burson-Marsteller.

Turkish officials don’t seem to realize that having more than a dozen lobbying firms not only is a waste of money due to unnecessary duplication—it is also a waste of the valuable time of several Turkish Embassy officials in Washington, D.C. These officials have to spend a lot of their time giving detailed instructions to these firms, reading their reports, commenting on them, meeting with them, forwarding their reports to the Foreign Ministry with lengthy explanations, and taking corrective action based on Ankara’s reaction. Unless such an intense and elaborate effort is made in working with so many lobbying firms, Turkish officials are simply wasting their country’s money!

I am happy that the Turkish government has decided to waste more of its money by agreeing to pay Brian Ballard’s firm, Ballard Partners, $1.5 million from May 15 to May 14, 2018. According to Ballard’s registration with the Justice Department, the firm will provide the Turkish government “with advocacy services relative to U.S.-Turkey bilateral relations.” The lobbying activities include “advising, counseling, and assisting [Turkey] in communications with US Government officials. Maintaining U.S. relations with this important NATO partner.”

Brian Ballard is the longtime lobbyist for President Donald Trump as the representative of the Trump Organization in Tallahassee, Fla. He raised $16 million for Trump’s presidential campaign while serving as his state finance chairperson and later as vice chairperson of the President’s inaugural committee.

Ballard issued a statement asserting that he “still speaks to Trump on occasion.” Susie Wiles, who was introduced by Ballard to Trump during the campaign, served as Trump’s Florida campaign manager. She is now working for Ballard Partners.

Ballard also hired former Congressman Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) to be in charge of the Turkish lobbying account. As co-chair of the Congressional Turkey Caucus, Congressman Wexler actively lobbied and voted against a proposed House Armenian Genocide resolution on Oct. 10, 2007. His new job is his reward for staunchly supporting Turkey in Congress for years!

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Ballard’s first interaction with Trump occurred several years ago when he wrote a letter to Trump after reading his book, Trump: The Art of the Deal, and Trump answered. Ballard wrote back stating: “if you ever have any issues in Florida, please don’t hesitate to call.” Trump called him after purchasing Mar-a-Largo in 1985, and paid Ballard at least $460,000 from 2013 to 2015 for lobbying work. Trump personally called Ballard asking for his help when he launched his presidential campaign. Ballard is now organizing a fundraising banquet for Trump on June 28. The cost is $35,000 per person and $100,000 to join the host committee.

Ballard makes no secret of his special connections with President Trump. “I would imagine if Hillary Clinton were elected I wouldn’t be here,” he told the Tampa Bay Times. Ballard said, “He doesn’t discuss how he works or his contacts with the president. He’s been spotted at the White House, however, and Trump maintains phone relationships with allies.”

In addition, the Turkish Embassy in Washington signed a contract with Burson-Marsteller for $1.1 million for the period May 1-Dec. 31. Ironically, from 2012 to 2015, Burson-Marsteller was doing lobbying work for the Alliance for Shared Values, a group tied to exiled Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Erdogan opposes and seeks his extradition from the US to Turkey. The Turkish government reportedly threatened Burson-Marsteller’s operations in Turkey if the firm continued to lobby for Gulen.

Burson-Marsteller is supposed to provide “integrated public relations services to support the [Turkish] Embassy’s communications objectives in the United States. Activities include media outreach, monitoring and analysis; event support; stakeholder engagement; social media counsel; and support for Turkish consulates in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.”

It is noteworthy that despite the millions of dollars spent by Turkey on more than a dozen high-powered lobbying and public relations firms, they could not counter the large number of news articles and wide TV coverage critical of the Turkish government for the attack on peaceful protesters by President Erdogan’s bodyguards in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in D.C., on May 16. This fact reinforces my firm belief that Turkey is wasting millions of dollars annually trying to cleanse its image in the U.S., which is further tarnished by the Turkish government’s brutal policies both at home and abroad.

The Armenian Weekly

Warrants Issued for Erdogan Goons, DC Officials Confirm

The 14 Turkish citizens, some part of Erdogan’s security details, who are wanted by US officials

WASHINGTON—At a press conference Thursday, Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham announced that arrest warrants have been issued for 12 members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail and Turkish police officers in connection with the May 16 attack on peaceful protesters in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence, which resulted in serious injuries

The DC police announced that after an extensive investigation with the State Department s Secret Service and the Metropolitan Police Department, a total of 18 individuals have been charged or are facing charges stemming from the attack on May 16.

“The May 16th Erdogan-ordered attacks on peaceful protesters in Washington DC were not only a brutal assault on American citizens but on our fundamental first amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly,” Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America.

“We commend the efforts of Mayor Bowser, Chief Newsham and all the law enforcement agencies involved in bringing the perpetrators to justice, and look forward to continuing to work with them to identify all involved. Law enforcement is doing its part; now it’s time for the Trump Administration to take action and demand that Turkey lift any claims to diplomatic immunity for those involved in this crime, so that criminal proceedings can move forward and justice can be served,” added Hamparian.

“I want to commend the DC police department for acting bravely to protect protestors from a vicious assault, and applaud the decision to follow up with the filing of criminal charges. This sends an important message that while violence and repression have become the norm in Erdogan’s Turkey, they remain unacceptable here. Bringing these thugs to justice will ultimately require the State Department to prioritize this issue with Turkey, and I will be urging them to ensure that those charged today face justice,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee.

According to DC police, On May 16, Jalal Kheirabaoi, of Virginia was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault on a police officer and Ayten Necmi, of New York was charged with felony aggravated assault.

On Wednesday, the DC police arrested Sinan Narin, of Virginia, and charged him with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner. Also arrested Wednesday was Eyup Yildirim, of New Jersey, who was charged with felony assault with significant bodily injury, felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner.

The following 14 individuals who are part of Erdogan’s security team have outstanding warrants for their arrests:

Turgut Akar, a Turkish security official, charged with misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Ismail Dalkiran, a Turkish security official, charged with misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Servet Erkan, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Tugay Erkan, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Ahmet Karabay, a Turkish security official, charged with misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Feride Kayasan, a Turkish security official, charged with misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Lutfu Kutluca, a Turkish security official, charged with misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Mustafa Murat Sumercan, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Gokhan Yildirim, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury
Ismail Ergunduz, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Mehmet Sarman, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Aggravated Assault and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Hamza Yurteri, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Aggravated Assault and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Mahmut Sami Ellialti, charged with felony Aggravated Assault and felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury
Ahmet Cengizham Dereci, charged with felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner

The ANCA’s Hamparian was videotaping live at the scene of the May 16th attack, which took place in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence where President Erdogan was scheduled to have a closed-door meeting with representatives of The Atlantic Council, a leading think tank in Washington, DC which receives funding from Turkey. Hamparian’s video showed pro-Erdogan forces crossing a police line and beating peaceful protesters – elderly men and several women – who were on the ground bleeding during most of the attack.

Hamparian testified before a May 25th Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on this matter. Joining him at the hearing were Ms. Lusik Usoyan, Founder and President of the Ezidi Relief Fund; Mr. Murat Yusa, a local businessman and protest organizer; and Ms. Ruth Wedgwood, Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Usoyan and Yusa were victims of the brutal assault on May 16th by President Erdogan’s bodyguards.

On June 6th, with a vote of 397 to 0, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously condemned Turkey in response to the attacks, taking a powerful stand against Ankara’s attempts to export its violence and intolerance to America’s shores. H.Res.354, spearheaded by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Ranking Democrat Eliot Engel (D-NY), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), has received the public backing of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). A companion measure has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA).

The House vote follows broad-based Congressional outrage expressed by over 100 Senate and House members through public statements, social media, and a series of Congressional letters.

Senate and House members have also raised concerns about the recently announced $1.2 million sale of semi-automatic guns slated for use byTurkish President Erdognan’s security detail, many of whom participated in the May 16th attacks. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Democrat Ben Cardin (D-MD) and House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Ed Royce have already objected to the sale.

Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Dave Trott (R-MI) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) are urging colleagues to co-sign a letter to Secretary Tillerson to block the gun sale to Turkey. To contact legislators to cosign the letter, visit: anca.org/NoGunsForTurkey

The June 4 edition of The New York Times featured a two-page center-spread investigative report on the May 16th attack, with online version of the coverage translated to Turkish and shared widely on social media. The report identified Yildirim and Narin as having participated in the attacks.

The ANCA is cited by The New York Times as a source for this report.

The May 16 protest in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence was a continuation of a demonstration held earlier in the day in front of the White House, co-hosted by the ANCA. As President Trump met with President Erdogan. human rights and religious rights groups were joined by representatives of the Kurdish, Yezidi and Armenian communities to call attention to the Erdogan regime’s escalating repression against free press, the Kurdish and other ethnic communities, as well as Turkey’s ongoing obstruction of justice for the Armenian Genocide.


Erdogans Leibwächter Türkei bestellt US-Botschafter ein

Die Türkei will den Erlass von Haftbefehlen gegen zwölf Personenschützer ihres Präsidenten Erdogan in den USA nicht so einfach hinnehmen. Das türkische Außenministerium bestellte den US-Botschafter in Ankara zu Gesprächen ein.

Das türkische Außenministerium hat auf den Erlass von Haftbefehlen gegen zwölf Personenschützer von Präsident Erdogan reagiert und den US-Botschafter in Ankara zu einem Gespräch geladen. Dem Diplomaten sei übermittelt worden, dass der Erlass der Haftbefehle durch die US-Behörden falsch und parteiisch sei. Zudem fehle dafür die rechtliche Grundlage, teilte das Ministerium mit. Vielmehr hätten die lokalen Behörden es nicht geschafft, mit Blick auf die sogenannten Demonstranten geeignete Sicherheitsmaßnahmen zu treffen.

Erdogan war Zeuge der Ereignisse

Den Personenschützern wird vorgeworfen, am 16. Mai auf Demonstranten losgegangen zu sein. Die Ausschreitungen ereigneten sich am Rande eines Besuchs Erdogans in Washington. Videomitschnitte zeigen, wie Sicherheitsleute brutal auf Demonstranten eintreten.

In einem Video ist zu sehen, dass Erdogan persönlich Zeuge der Ereignisse wird, sich aber nicht ins Geschehen einmischt. Elf Menschen wurden bei den Handgreiflichkeiten verletzt, neun davon mussten im Krankenhaus behandelt werden.

Erdogan selbst übte in Ankara scharfe Kritik an den Haftbefehlen und warf den amerikanischen Sicherheitskräften vor, ihn nicht beschützt zu haben. Bei den nur 40 bis 50 Meter entfernten Demonstranten habe es sich um Anhänger der verbotenen kurdischen Arbeiterpartei PKK und der Bewegung des Predigers Fethullah Gülen gehandelt.

US-Parlament verurteilt Angriffe

Das US-Repräsentantenhaus verurteilte die Angriffe vergangene Woche und forderte eine Anklage der Verantwortlichen. Republikaner und Demokraten nahmen eine entsprechende Resolution einstimmig an. Darin heißt es: „Schwer bewaffnete türkische Sicherheitskräfte haben unbewaffnete Demonstranten geschlagen, getreten und gewürgt.“

Es war nicht der erste Vorfall dieser Art auf US-Boden. Unter anderem war Erdogans Bodyguards bereits bei seinem Washington-Besuch im April 2016 vorgeworfen worden, Journalisten beleidigt und Demonstranten misshandelt zu haben.


Anti-Terror-Demo in Köln / Islamverband Ditib will nicht mitdemonstrieren

Der türkische Islamverband Ditib will an einer Anti-Terror-Demo in Köln nicht teilnehmen. Begründung: Muslime hätten sich bereits unzählige Male distanziert, durch die Veranstaltung werde ihnen erneut Schuld zugewiesen.

Zentralmoschee der Türkisch-islamischen Union Ditib in Köln

Der größte Islam-Dachverband in Deutschland, die türkisch-islamische Union Ditib, wird sich nicht an dem in Köln geplanten Friedensmarsch von Muslimen gegen islamistischen Terror beteiligen.

„Forderungen nach ‚muslimischen‘ Anti-Terror-Demos greifen zu kurz, stigmatisieren die Muslime und verengen den internationalen Terrorismus auf sie, ihre Gemeinden und Moscheen“ heißt es in einer am Mittwoch veröffentlichten Erklärung von Ditib. Diese Form der Schuldzuweisung spalte die Gesellschaft, heißt es weiter.

Unter dem Motto „Nicht mit uns“ wollen am Samstag in Köln Muslime mit Unterstützung zahlreicher Verbände und Persönlichkeiten des öffentlichen Lebens gegen islamistischen Terror und Gewalt demonstrieren. Zu dem Friedensmarsch werden zehntausend Teilnehmer erwartet, Initiatoren sind die Islamwissenschaftlerin Lamya Kaddor und der muslimische Friedensaktivist Tarek Mohamad.

Unterstützt wird die Demonstration unter anderem vom Zentralrat der Muslime in Deutschland und der Türkischen Gemeinde, aber auch von christlichen Gruppen und deutschen Parteien. Zu den zahlreichen Einzelunterzeichnern des Demonstrationsaufrufs zählen zudem führende Politiker von CDU, SPD, Grünen, Linken und FDP ebenso wie der Schriftsteller Navid Kermani und die Fernsehmoderatorin Nazan Eckes.

Für fastende Muslime sei Demo unzumutbar

Die Ditib erklärte, Muslime hätten sich schon unzählige Male in Form von gemeinsamen öffentlichen Stellungnahmen, öffentlichen Gebeten und öffentlichen Initiativen von Gewalttaten distanziert.

Es sei der Ditib zwar „ein wichtiges Anliegen, gemeinsame und starke Zeichen gegen den Terrorismus zu setzen“. Erfahrungsgemäß dauere es aber nicht einmal Wochen, bis erneut Aufrufe an die Muslime laut würden, sich vom Terror zu distanzieren. „Wichtiger ist, dass die Gesellschaft von der kontinuierlichen und unverzichtbaren Basisarbeit insbesondere der organisierten Muslime in Deutschland erfährt, die dazu beitragen, dass wir in Deutschland ein friedfertiges und versöhnliches, tolerantes Islamverständnis leben.“

Bei der geplanten Demonstration fehlten dem Verband zufolge zudem gemeinsame Absprachen im Vorfeld. Muslime seien „keine Verhandlungsmasse, die sich nach Belieben hierhin oder dorthin zitieren lässt“.

Zudem sei der Zeitpunkt schlecht gewählt: Am 22. Tag des Ramadan, an dem in Köln von 3:47 Uhr bis 21:55 Uhr nicht getrunken und gegessen werde, sei es den fastenden Muslimen nicht zumutbar, stundenlang in der Mittagssonne zu demonstrieren, kritisierte die Ditib.




JINWAR Free Women’s Village is an ecological women’s village currently under construction in the heart of Rojava (West Kurdistan/ North Syria). As images of the Women’s Defense Units’ (YPJ) successful resistance against ISIS continue to spread all over the world, the Rojava Revolution has shown the true potential of women. Now, the women of Rojava have come together once again to continue in their struggle for a free and peaceful life through the creation of an ecological women’s village called JINWAR.

In the midst of the ongoing Syrian Civil War, JINWAR aims to provide an alternative, peaceful place for the co-existence of women, free of any and all violence. The village was founded on the principles of self-sustainability and aims to give women the opportunity to provide for their own basic needs. There will be gardens, orchards, livestock, lands, and various workshops, as well as a school and an art centre. Built by women and for women, the village will be home to Rojavan women of all ethnicities and religions, and their children.

Reconstructing our homes as havens of peace is a significant act of resistance in the face of violence and war. But far from being simply a collection of houses, the village will also provide an alternative way of life. Building onto the rich cultural heritage and historic knowledge of women, JINWAR aims to create a way of life in which every woman can reach her full potential free of the constraints of the oppressive power structures of patriarchy and capitalism.

JINWAR will be a place for woman to collectively rediscover, re-establish, and reclaim her inherent freedom.


JINWAR is supported by women’s organizations all over the world. As an independent foundation, it is locally collaborating with the women’s communes and organizations including but not limited to: The Free Women’s Foundation of Rojava (Weqfa Jina Azad a Rojava), Kongreya Star, the Association of Martyrs‘ Families, the Committee for Women’s and Children’s Affairs of Canton Cîzirê, and the Jineology Committee.

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Solidarität mit Rojava und Shengal – Gegen die Kriminalisierung der PYD, YPG und YPJ

Demonstration: 17. Juni 2017, 12 Uhr, Berlin, Mathilde-Jakob-Platz (Rathaus Tiergarten)

Aufruf der PYD-Deutschland (Partei der Demokratischen Einheit):

In Rojava und Shengal werden heute die demokratischen Grundwerte geschützt und verteidigt. Spätestens seit der Verteidigung Kobanês im Jahr 2014, weiß die ganze Welt, dass die Volks- und Frauenverteidigungskräfte YPG und YPJ in Rojava ihr Leben für Demokratie, Freiheit und Frieden auf der ganzen Welt einsetzen. Während der gesamte Mittlere Osten seit Jahren in Kriegen versinkt, wird heute in allen Regionen Kurdistans eine Alternative aufgebaut: Basisdemokratie, Frauenbefreiung und Ökologie bilden die Grundpfeiler des gesellschaftlichen Neuaufbaus. An dem Aufbau einer Gesellschaft in Freiheit beteiligen sich sowohl die regionalen Bevölkerungsgruppen, Glaubens- und Religionsgemeinschaften als auch tausende internationalistische AktivistInnen. Rojava und Shengal sind heute eine gelebte Alternative für alle Menschen, die für eine gerechte Welt ohne Krieg und Ausbeutung eintreten.

Trotz millionenfacher Solidaritätsbekundungen von Menschen aus der ganzen Welt, sind bisher nur wenige Staaten solidarisch mit den demokratischen Errungenschaften in Rojava und Shengal. Es fehlt nicht nur an ausreichender direkter Unterstützung für den Kampf und Widerstand der YPG und YPJ. Die Kraft, die den Islamischen Staat (IS) seit Jahren am effektivsten bekämpft und tausende von KämpferInnen verloren hat, bezeichnet heute einzig die Türkei als „Terroristen“, so wie sie es mit allen politischen Gegnern macht. Die Bundesregierung übernimmt nun die Sichtweise des AKP-Regimes von Recep Tayyip Erdoǧan und stellt damit die YPG und YPJ mit praktisch verbotenen Organisationen gleich.

Denn Deutschland treibt die Kriminalisierung der YPG und YPJ, aber auch der politischen Partei PYD am aktivsten voran. Die Empfehlung des Innenministeriums von Anfang März diesen Jahres, unter anderem die Flaggen der YPG, YPJ und der PYD bei öffentlichen Demonstrationen und Kundgebungen zu verbieten, ist der Höhepunkt dieser Kriminalisierungs- und Verbotspolitik. KurdInnen in Deutschland, aber auch ihre internationalistischen UnterstützerInnen können heute auf deutschen Straßen praktisch keine Solidarität mehr mit den demokratischen Errungenschaften sowie den Kampf und Widerstand in Rojava und Shengal leben und zeigen.

Das Konzept des demokratischen Konföderalismus und die Praxis in Rojava und Shengal zeigen uns, dass ein demokratisches und gleichberechtigtes Zusammenleben der verschiedenen Völker und Glaubensgemeinschaften möglich ist. Reaktionäre Kräfte attackieren aus diesem Grund umso heftiger gesellschaftliche Perspektiven, die jenseits kapitalistischer Ausbeutung und gesellschaftlicher Fragmentierung aufgebaut werden. Ob religiöser Fundamentalismus oder Nationalismus im Mittleren Osten und in Europa: Ziel ist stets, einen Keil in die Gesellschaften zu treiben. Emanzipatorische Alternativen zum bestehenden System sollen bereits im Keim erstickt werden. Unsere Kämpfe für eine solidarische Gesellschaftsperspektive müssen somit immer wieder zusammengeführt werden.

Der Endpunkt der Demonstration markiert somit den Beginn der Gegenproteste gegen den geplanten Aufmarsch der rassistischen, neu-rechten “Identitären Bewegung”. Mit der aggressiven Stimmungsmache gegen Geflüchtete und alle, die als “nicht-europäisch” oder “links” markiert werden und nicht in ihr enges Weltbild passen, heizen sie aktiv den Rechtsruck an und paktieren dabei mit der “Alternative für Deutschland (AfD)”.

Wir rufen alle solidarischen Menschen zur Teilnahme auf.

Wer heute für die Demokratie einsteht, steht auch für Rojava und Shengal ein! Wir akzeptieren die Kriminalisierungs- und Verbotspolitik nicht!

Datum und Zeit: 17. Juni 2017 um 12 Uhr

Ort: Mathilde-Jakob-Platz (Rathaus Tiergarten)



Women from every nation on their way to liberate Raqqa


As the resistance of women saying, “Rojava revolution is a women’s revolution” against Daesh continues, women from every nation are on their way to liberate Raqqa. YPJ fighters staying focused on hope despite all inhuman attacks of Daesh gangs continue to be the color of hope.

We departed from Kobanê to Raqqa. It is possible to see every color of the revolution in territory where the sun glared down on. In each liberated area, the women wear colorful dresses and the children play happily.

Women want to be liberated

The first thing the women did in the liberated areas was to take off the black burqa. Raqqa women are seen to have same feeling as Manbij women.

Violent clashes continue from two fronts

There was an intense mobilization in Raqqa when we arrived there after three hours. Historic Raqqa phase launched by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with support of 17 other forces is on the fourth day. SDF fighters continue to take advance from two fronts amid clashes.

Raqqa moves toward enlightenment

Raqqa means “Beauty of desert” in Arabic. Female fighters of the YPJ (Women’s Defense Units) are moving toward enlightenment and beautification. ‘Beauties of Desert’ YPJ women spread women’s colors in every area they liberate.

There are women from every nation

Like every phase, the YPJ female fighters take part in frontline in this historic Raqqa phase. There are Kurdish, Arab, Syriac, Turkmen, Armenian and British women in the ranks of the YPJ.

She came from UK for 10 days, she joins the resistance

YPJ female fighters welcomed us friendliness, they write a history with their smiley faces and heart resisting. We began to talk to them while having tea, serves always under any circumstance. Everyone tells something like we know each other for years. Zilan, who came to Rojava from UK for 10 days and then joined the resistance, told us her story.

‘I saw the essence of life in Rojava’

Zilan said she saw the essence of life in Rojava, where she came to cover news from UK and that’s why she decided to join the YPJ. Saying that the understanding of freedom in Europe is superficial and formal, Zilan stated that she saw the essence of this in Rojava.

Şilan from Kobanê: I will fight the darkness

Şilan was born in Kobanê and she fights to liberate Raqqa now. Stating that she decided to join the YPJ after the second attack on Kobanê, Şilan said, “They killed the people in front of us, this affected me very much. I consider myself lucky for taking part in Raqqa phase because I will fight the darkness.”


SDF forces enter the third neighborhood in Raqqa

After clearing two neighborhoods of ISIS gangs yesterday, SDF fighters have entered the third neighborhood today amid heavy clashes.

Fighters of the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) cleared the Sabahiyah neighborhood west of Raqqa and al-Mashlab neighborhood east of the city yesterday. The fighters moved on and entered the Romani neighborhood Saturday morning. While ISIS gangs made efforts to stop them through suicide car bomb attacks, clashes that erupted upon the response of SDF fighters continue.

According to reports, 21 ISIS members were killed and a several arms of theirs were seized.

On the other hand, Sdf fighters have discovered many arms, large quantity of ammunition and three corpses of the gangs during ongoing search and sweeping efforts in Sabahiyah neighborhood.



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