Archiv für Januar 2018

Stop à la tentative d‘invasion et aux bombardements de l‘Etat turc contre Afrin.

Turkey & Jihadis In Syria

We Fought for Our Democracy. Now Turkey Wants to Destroy It / NUJIN DERIK

AFRIN, Syria — For more than a week, my home in northwestern Syria has been under a full-scale assault by the Turkish Army and thousands of Turkish-aligned Islamist jihadists.

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been threatening this invasion for a very long time. The Turkish Army has been targeting our villages with mortars and artillery for many months now.

I and my fellow members of the Kurdish Women’s and People’s Protection Units, often known as the Y.P.J. and Y.P.G., have fought hard for years to keep the Islamic State out of this autonomous region of Syria known as Rojava. We endured Turkey’s barrages and avoided returning fire, even after civilian casualties, so as not to provide a pretext for this invasion.

But Mr. Erdogan has nevertheless unleashed airstrikes, tanks and troops on this area that was once a relative island of peace in this war-torn country.

One would imagine the international community and especially the United States, which has been more than happy to partner with us in the fight against the Islamic State, would firmly oppose such an unprovoked attack executed in the name of racial hatred — Mr. Erdogan has stated his intention to commit ethnic cleansing of Afrin’s Kurdish population, or, as he says, to give the region to its “real owners” — but instead, it has been greeted largely with silence, and therefore tacitly condoned.

Does the Trump administration now care about nothing but its own immediate tactical interests? Wavering messages or calls for “caution” will not be enough. In addition to exerting real pressure on its Turkish ally, the United States should press for a no-flight zone over Afrin and the rest of Rojava. Leaders in Britain, France and elsewhere must also take a moral stand and demand a stop to this carnage.

The Turkish Army has been training the most extreme Islamist gangsters it could find as part of the so-called Free Syrian Army that is part of their assault, including members of the fascist Gray Wolf death squads and Qaeda affiliates, with high-tech weaponry purchased from the United States, Britain and Germany. They are being sent into our country backed by F-16 aircraft, German-made Leopard tanks and regular Turkish soldiers.

Yet Mr. Erdogan calls us terrorists, asserting that we and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party that he has warred with in Turkey are identical. The hypocrisy of this transparent justification for his invasion is astounding. Our forces have led the fight against the true terror represented by the Islamic State — even while Turkey provided it support and its oil was sold in Turkey.

Now Turkey is allying itself with jihadists and backing them with NATO weaponry to attack us. Is the world really willing to believe we are terrorists because we share the Kurdish freedom movement’s goals of democracy, environmental protection and women’s liberation?

We proudly admit we support these ideas, as do members of the Kurdish movement in Turkey and elsewhere. But our forces have been focused on the fight against the Islamic State, one in which we’d rather have had Turkey as an ally, not an enemy.

Do Western powers now believe that too strong a commitment to their own professed democratic ideals is terrorism? Mr. Erdogan, on the other hand, is an enemy of women, whom he has called “half persons,” and the views of his fundamentalist minions are even worse.

But just as female fighters were instrumental in the defense of Kobane and the liberation of Raqqa — where a major objective was the freeing of the Yazidi women the jihadists had taken there as slaves — so we will resist invaders here in Afrin.

There’s much worth fighting for. Until the Turkish invasion we had been able to maintain Afrin as a haven for anyone fleeing the terror of the civil war. We worked to develop our own democratic institutions.

Though poor and largely without outside aid, we have shared what we have with refugees, to the point where the region’s population ballooned in size.

In keeping with our philosophy of democratic confederalism, we established local councils so that all can participate in the decisions affecting their neighborhoods and communities. We hold independently monitored elections and ensure that women and all ethnic groups are strongly represented in governance. Our democratic system is increasingly the opposite of Turkey’s, where President Erdogan is crushing dissent and centralizing more power every day.

We have lost thousands of our brothers and sisters in the war against the Islamic State, and if this invasion continues, it will be only a matter of time before the jihadist remnants return to gain control of places we had liberated.

And Turkey’s forces themselves, allied as they are with extremist groups, pose a serious threat to our Assyrian and Armenian Christian and Yazidi communities. Turkey’s planes are killing children and civilians and destroying our villages. Those who had taken refuge here are fleeing and have no haven left.

We are asking the Western powers to act on their principles. Why are you not condemning a flagrant and unprovoked assault on the very men and women who stood shoulder to shoulder with you against the darkness of the Islamic State? Now a different evil, that of Mr. Erdogan’s increasingly undemocratic Turkey, aims to destroy our fledgling democracy. And this time, it’s claiming to act in your name.


Nujin Derik is the commander of the Women’s Protection Units in Afrin, Syria.

Translated from the Kurdish by Elif Sarican.

The New York Times

Anti-ISIS Coalition: We will continue to arm, train, SDF in Syria

“The Coalition will continue our partnership with the Syrian Democratic Forces,” the public affairs office of the United States-led anti-ISIS coalition said on Sunday. A day after Turkey said the US would not provide any more weapons to the Syrian Kurdish YPG, the coalition responded that support goes only to the SDF and not separately to the YPG. However that doesn’t appear to represent a change in US policy, the US has said the same thing over the past year.

“The Coalition will continue our partnership with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to complete the lasting defeat of ISIS and stabilize liberated territory. This support includes providing arms, training, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support (ISR) and precision air and ground strike support to the SDF,” the press desk of Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve, the anti-ISIS coalition, wrote to The Jerusalem Post responding to an inquiry about the Turkish report.

Although the SDF is composed of various units, including Arab fighters and the YPG, the US is careful to explain its relationship is with the larger umbrella group. The Coalition said that it “provides this support to the SDF, and not separately to the YPG.” They also said that “our continued support to the SDF will allow displaced Syrians and refugees to return home and ensure that ISIS does not re-emerge as an insurgency.”

Although the coalition directs any queries about policy changes to the US Department of State, the Pentagon has always said that its support in eastern Syria is directed to the SDF and does not mention the YPG in official statements. In a long June 2017 Pentagon press briefing by coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon he was asked twice about the YPG and responded by discussing the SDF. In another press briefing in late October 2017 Major General James B. Jarrard was also asked about the SDF and connections to Kurdistan Workers Party. “I have seen no connection between the SDF and the PKK, and we have worked very closely with them for over two years,” he responded.

It’s clear the US takes seriously the sensitivity of the issue whereby Turkey accuses the YPG of being linked to the PKK and accused the US of training a “terror army” in Syria. The US carefully avoids mentioning the YPG as much as possible and when it does it says it does not arm it.

The Jerusalem Post

Protest gegen Waffenexporte / Pro-kurdische Demonstranten stören Regierungspressekonferenz
Protest bei Bundespressekonferenz

Sie skandierten „Deutsche Panzer raus aus Kurdistan“ und hielten Transparente hoch: Pro-kurdische Protestierende haben bei der Bundespressekonferenz Waffenexporte kritisiert.

Fünf teils vermummte pro-kurdische Demonstranten haben die Bundespressekonferenz in Berlin unterbrochen. Sie riefen „Deutsche Panzer raus aus Kurdistan“ und „Deutsche Waffen, deutsches Geld morden mit in aller Welt“.

Die Demonstranten hielten eine Fahne der kurdischen Miliz YPG hoch und forderten auf einem Transparent unter anderem „Waffenexport stoppen“. Nach kurzer Zeit verließen sie den Saal im Haus der Bundespressekonferenz, in dem Sprecher regelmäßig Fragen von Journalisten beantworten. Die Konferenzleitung hatte zuvor gesagt, der Sicherheitsdienst sei unterwegs und die Polizei informiert.

Bei der umstrittenen türkischen Militäroffensive in Nordsyrien gegen die YPG kommen Bildern zufolge auch Panzer vom Typ „Leopard 2A4″ aus deutsche Produktion zum Einsatz. Bereits am Freitag hatten pro-kurdische Demonstranten in Hamburg eine Veranstaltung mit Außenminister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) gestört.

Als Reaktion auf die Syrien-Offensive der Türkei hat die Bundesregierung die Entscheidung über eine Nachrüstung türkischer „Leopard 2″-Kampfpanzer vergangene Woche aufgeschoben. Erst eine neue Regierung, die voraussichtlich vor Ostern gebildet wird, soll darüber entscheiden.

Der Spiegel


Inside Afrin, the true victims of Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria are revealed – refugees, babies, women and children

Exclusive: In part three of his Inside Syria series, and the first Western media report from Afrin since the start of the Turkish offensive, Robert Fisk shows just how ‘surgical’ is the attack on ‘terrorists’ in Operation Olive Branch
Mohamed Hussein, a 58-year-old Kurdish farmer, lies in the Afrin hospital, wounded in the head and eye after his home was bombed by a Turkish aircraft on the second night of the attack Yara Ismail

When Taha Mustafa al-Khatr, his wife Amina, his two daughters Zakia and Safa and son Sulieman went to bed in the tiny village of Maabatli, they placed their shoes outside the door. Most Middle Eastern families do the same.

It’s a tradition and a sign of cleanliness in the home. The cheap plastic slippers were still there, of course, when the Turkish shell hit their house at one in the morning – and when I arrived a few hours later, I found the same shoes, a few blown down the stairs but most still neatly lined up next to each other. Did one of the daughters choose the slippers with the plastic bows? Even the rescue workers – such as they are in the Kurdish province of Afrin – didn’t touch the shoes. They left one of the blood-soaked bedspreads where it was in the rain under the collapsed roof of the cheap breeze-block house. The bodies, of course, had gone.
The family’s plastic shoes remain after four members of the al-Khater family died when a Turkish shell hit their home in Maabatli, Kurdish Syria (Robert Fisk)

Since the identities of the victims are known – not, of course, that of the Turkish gunner who slaughtered this family – we should, perhaps, be better acquainted with them. Taha was 40 years old, his wife Amina the same age, Zakia was 17 and her bother Suliemann just 14. Safa, who is 19, survived – miraculously, with only wounds to her hands – but of course she is now an orphan.

Ironically, since the Turks are supposedly aiming at Kurdish YPG fighters, the very name of their military assault on Kurdish Syria, Operation Olive Branch, makes one’s gorge rise in the stone village of Mabeta, surrounded as it is by olive orchards – and the al-Khatr family were not Kurds but Arabs, refugees from the village of Tel-Krah further north.
Wreckage of the house struck by a Turkish shell that killed four members of the same refugee Arab family in the Syrian Kurdish village of Mabeta on Friday (Yara Ismail)

They were so new to Maabatli that Kurdish neighbours I spoke to did not even know their names, but in the Kurdish province – the village is about 10 miles from the city of Afrin – populations are mixed (there are Alawites, too) and no one was surprised when the al-Khatrs arrived on Thursday night.

Taha’s uncle already lived in the hilltop village and he seems to have put his refugee relatives in his storeroom – it was filled with the wreckage of sacks of grain, a fridge and frozen vegetables. The bodies must have been unimaginable.

“You come to our hospital here in Afrin to find out what happened,” Dr Jawan Palot, director of the Afrin Hospital, remarked to me with cynicism, well aware that The Independent was the first Western news organisation to visit Afrin since the Turkish attack. “You should see the dead when they come in – and the state of the wounded with the blood on them.” And there came forth the usual photographs of ferociously broken corpses.
Lying in the Afrin hospital, 15-year old Dananda Sido, wounded in the legs and chest running in the street from a Turkish air attack in the Kurdish village of Adamo (Yara Ismail)

And there followed, too, in the Afrin Hospital, a maudlin tour of the wards where the survivors of Turkey’s assault on the “terrorists” of Afrin, which began on 20 January, lay in their beds. There was Mohamed Hussein, a 58-year old farmer from Jendeeres, with head wounds and a closed eye, almost killed when the roof of his house caved in under air attack on 22 January. And Ahmad Kindy, eight years younger, who took his family out of the village when Turkey’s Olive Branch first cast its shadow over the land early on 21 January, but who unwisely returned and was hit in the back by shrapnel. “There were no YPG fighters there,” he said.
Ahmad Kindy, 50. was wounded at his home in Jundeires on the first night of the attack (Yara Ismail)

But what if there were? Does that justify the pain of 15-year old Dananda Sido from the village of Adamo, terribly wounded in the chest and legs who turns from us in tears when we try to speak to her in the Afrin Hospital? Or that of 20-year old Kifah Moussa, who was working in her family’s chicken farm at Maryameen when Turkish planes dropped a bomb on the building at midday, killing an entire family of eight people beside her? She was hit in the chest. She smiles bravely at Dr Palot and myself, although it is unclear if she knows that her brother is among the dead.
Kifah al-Moussa, a Syrian Arab woman living among the Kurds of Afrin province, was working on a chicken farm in the village of Maryameen when a Turkish aircraft bombed the building (Yara Ismail)

Then there is the eighth-grade Kurdish schoolboy Mustafa Khaluf, also from Jendeeres, who heard the Turkish planes coming above his home and suffered severe leg wounds in the air strike. Close to him lies seven-year old Aya Nabo, with severe chest wounds, and who turns towards the wall beside her bed rather than talk to her doctor. Her sister says she was hit in the street on 22 January. After a while, it becomes a kind of obscenity to demand, constantly, the circumstances of this suffering. We all know who did this.
Eight-grade schoolboy Mustafa Khaluf heard the Turkish plane that, moments later, bombed his home and wounded him in the leg, also badly injuring his sister (Yara Ismail)

It is, however, almost equally obscene to recall the official Turkish version of this little massacre – for that is what it was for 34 civilians whose bodies were taken to the Afrin Hospital alone – which states that more than 70 Turkish jets bombed YPG Kurdish militias in Syria on 21 January. The Turkish news agency Anadolu stated blandly that Turkish aircraft bombed more than 100 “targets” – including an “airfield” (mysteriously unnamed) – on the first day of the attacks. The operations supposedly targeted YPG “barracks, shelters, positions, weapons, vehicles and equipment”.

Where, I wondered as I walked through the wards of Afrin Hospital, had I heard all this stuff before? Was this not a replay of every Israeli air assault on “terrorists” in southern Lebanon, of every Nato air strike on “Serb forces” in ex-Yugoslavia, of every US attack on Iraqi “forces” in 1991 and 2003 and on Afghanistan and on Mosul last year? All were “surgical” operations – carried out with absolute precision to avoid “collateral damage”, of course – and all left a litter of tens or hundreds or thousands of dead and wounded. Our air assaults – Israeli, Nato, American, Turkish – feed off each other in lies and victims.

To make his own calculated point, Dr Polat, who says he was studying medicine in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk when he decided to return to Afrin in 2014 “to help my people in the war”, prints out his entire hospital records from the 21 January to midday on the 26 January and gives them to The Independent. According to Dr Polat, he had received only four YPG fighters dead and two wounded on the first day of the Turkish assaults, another seven fighters and nine wounded later in the week. Because these are real people, not just statistics, there is probably a journalistic duty to record at least some of the lives — and deaths — of these poor civilians.

Dipping into the hospital files – and taking names at random – I find that among the 49 civilian wounded brought here, were three-year-old Hamida Brahim al-Hussein, from Maryameen, who was wounded in the head in the chicken farm attack in which Kifah Moussa was injured. And two-year-old Hassan al-Hassan (wounded in the head). Then there was 70-year-old Asia Sheikh Murad from Shiya – with head wounds on 23 January. And 46-year-old Khaled Mohamed Ali Abdul Qadr with head wounds – again, for houses collapsed on their owners – in Maryameen. And Hamid Battal, aged 30, from Fkeiro and Ghengis Ahmad Khalil, whose warrior name did not prevent the 20-year-old from suffering stomach wounds at Midan Ekbes. Sudqi Abdul Rahman, who is 47, was wounded in the leg by shrapnel at Ruzio-Jendeeres on 25 January. A 75-year-old, Shamsa Moussa, is listed as receiving “multiple broken bones” in the village of Rajow on 23 January.

The list of the dead – 10 children, seven women, 17 men – is bleaker, for the hospital had not bothered to catalogue their wounds. They include infants. One-year old Wael al-Hussein, a refugee (who surely could not have known it) from the village of Jebbarah, was killed on 21 January, six-year old Moussab al-Hussein from Idlib (clearly from another refugee family) on the same day. 60-year-old Fatima Mohamed from the village of Arabo was killed in Jendeeres on 23 January. Abdulkader Menam Hamo from Jamo was killed on 24 January.

There will be no war memorials for them – as there are for Kurdish fighters in the military graveyard some miles from Afrin, most of them killed fighting Isis – and no record of their deaths, save, perhaps, for the cold lists in Dr Polat’s files — each stamped, in Kurdish, “Avrin Hospital”. There is no mention of Syria.


Protest gegen Rüstungsexporte bei Veranstaltung mit Gabriel

Pro-kurdische Demonstranten haben am Freitagabend eine Veranstaltung mit Außenminister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) und dem Schriftsteller Navid Kermani in Hamburg gestört. Gleich zu Beginn der Lesung im Thalia-Theater entrollten sie auf den oberen Rängen zwei Transparente, warfen kleine Zettel herunter und riefen Parolen gegen Waffenexporte. Auf den Transparenten und Zetteln stand: «Türkei bombardiert – Deutschland kassiert» und «Solidarität mit Kurdistan». Gabriel diskutierte mit den Demonstranten und verteidigte seine Politik.

«Wir verkaufen den Türken keine Waffen», betonte er. Deutschland habe sogar die Bitte der Türkei um die Lieferung von Schutzausrüstung gegen Terroristen abgelehnt. Seit 2015 exportiere Deutschland weniger Waffen. Den derzeitigen Anstieg habe die Vorgängerregierung zu verantworten, die große Rüstungsexportprojekte vereinbart habe. Man könne sich dadurch schuldig machen, dass man Waffen liefere, aber auch dadurch, dass man keine liefere, gab der Minister zu bedenken. Ohne die Waffenlieferungen an die Peschmerga im Irak wären die Volksgruppe der Jesiden vom Islamischen Staat ausgerottet worden.

Kermani begrüßte die Demonstration. Die Frage nach den Rüstungsexporten sei völlig berechtigt. Er pflichtete jedoch Gabriel bei: «Ich glaube, dass es richtig war, sehr schnell Waffen an die Kurden zu liefern, damit sie den IS stoppen.» Gabriel zeigte sich von Kermanis Reportagebuch «Entlang den Gräben. Eine Reise durch das östliche Europa bis nach Isfahan» so beeindruckt, dass er den Autor scherzhaft als künftigen Außenminister vorschlug. Auf Nachfrage von Moderator Lothar Gorris fügte er jedoch hinzu: «Ehrlich gesagt, ich kenne keinen Minister, der gerne aufhört.»

Die Welt


CNN Turkey Reports ‚American Sniper‘ Bradley Cooper Killed in Syria, U.S. Military Denies

The U.S. coalition denied on Friday the deaths of two Special Forces members after social media and mainstream news reports carrying an image purporting to show a dead U.S. soldier were spread by two of the Pentagon’s allies currently battling one another in Syria.

The reports were initially carried by accounts that appeared supportive of both the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and those supportive of the Turkish military fighting them in the northwestern district of Afrin in Aleppo, Syria. In both versions, the subject of the photograph was described as a Special Forces member named Eddie Bragdon who went by the nom de guerre „Zana Rizgar“ and was killed fighting alongside the U.S.-backed Kurds.

The problem? Social media users and analysts quickly pointed out that the man in the picture was actually U.S. actor Bradley Cooper appearing as he did in his role as late Navy SEAL veteran Chris Kyle in the 2014 film American Sniper. But not before mainstream Turkish outlets such as CNN Turk ran with the story.
In what’s believed to be the original claim, an account supportive of the Kurdish YPG reported the death of U.S. Special Forces member Eddie Bragdon, a.k.a. Zana Rizgar, instead of the actual individual pictured: U.S. actor Bradley Cooper in the film „American Sniper.“ The user later claimed that the post was intended to be satirical and criticized Turkish media for picking it up literally.

Social Media

„It’s a strange incident,“ Nate Schenkkan, director of the Nations in Transit project at U.S.-funded think tank Freedom House, told Newsweek.

Schenkkan, who specialized in analyzing Turkish media, put together what he believed to be a timeline of events explaining how the misinformation spread. First, a pro-YPG account with the username „Bird Person“ posted the image Thursday along with the erroneous claim. The post was then widely shared by both pro-YPG users and pro-Turkey, the latter of whom claimed it was evidence of U.S. backing for YPG efforts to defend the Kurd-controlled enclave that Turkish forces and Syrian rebels have been assaulting for the past few days.

Early Friday, Pentagon spokesperson Army Colonel Ryan Dillon tweeted „Reports of two US-Coalition members killed in Afrin are FALSE. Completely UNTRUE,“ adding that the U.S.-led coalition remained supportive of Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) elsewhere in Syria. It was unclear where reports of the second casualty came from and the U.S.-led coalition could not immediately be reached for comment.

Despite this denial, which did not mention Bragdon by name, Turkish media began picking up the story. Many of these pieces have since been taken offline, but a Google search still revealed a result of a CNN Turk article describing the alleged death of the U.S. serviceman. Clicking on the link led to a 404 error.
A Google search for „‚Eddie Bragdon‘ CNN Turk“ produced the following result, but clicking the link produced a 404 error, meaning the page could not be found. Social media users also screenshot a CNN Turk tweet describing the article, January 26, 2018.

The „Bird Person“ account has since mocked the Turkish reaction to a post he has told other users was intended to be satirical from the beginning. Some pro-Turkey accounts have deleted their tweets carrying the claim, while others have acknowledged that the picture was fake, but argued that the claim of a U.S. Special Forces death was still true.

„This is what it’s like,“ said Schenkkan, who was critical of the Turkish media for picking up the unverified claims so quickly. „It started from the beginning. It started within the first hour of the Afrin operation.“

„It goes to show how this kind of thing can spiral out of control so quickly,“ he added.

The YPG has formed the dominant faction of the Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, the U.S.’s main partner in battling ISIS. The Kurdish militia, however, was also considered a terrorist organization by Turkey for its alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers‘ Party, a militant group that has waged a nationalist insurgency against Turkey for decades. Turkey has been a member of U.S.-led Western military alliance NATO for more than half a century and was also considered a key U.S. ally.
A map last updated January 22 shows areas of Syria where Turkish forces have moved against Kurdish fighters. Neither Russia, Syria nor the U.S. have moved to block the Turkish invasion.

Institute for the Study of War/Maps4News

President Donald Trump called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to „de-escalate the situation“ in Afrin and „exercise caution“ on Wednesday. Erdogan has pressed on, however, even as the Pentagon asserted Thursday that „Afrin operations are impeding the task to eliminate ISIS.“

That same day, Kurdish forces called on the Syrian military „to carry out its sovereign duties towards Afrin and to protect its borders with Turkey from attack.“ The Syrian military, loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has retaken most of the country with the help of Russia and Iran, countering an insurgency by jihadis and rebels such as the formerly CIA-backed Free Syrian Army that has joined Turkey attacking Afrin.

The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency cited Friday an official source in the Syrian Foreign Ministry condemning the Turkish invasion and calling on the international community to halt it.


Die Alternative lebt! Überall ist Afrin– überall ist Widerstand!

Aufruf von NAV-DEM zur bundesweiten Großdemonstration in Köln am Samstag, den 27. Januar

Am Samstag, den 20. Januar 2018 hat die türkische Armee ihren Überfall auf die Demokratische Föderation Nordsyrien offiziell begonnen. Unter dem zynischen Namen „Operation Olivenzweig“ steht der Kanton Afrin im Nordwesten Syriens seit Tagen unter massivem Beschuss durch die türkische Artillerie und türkische Kampfjets. Mit dutzenden Luftangriffen wurden zivile Viertel Afrins und Stellungen der Volks- und Frauenverteidigungseinheiten (YPG/YPJ) bombardiert. Eingesetzt werden bei diesem völkerrechtswidrigen Angriffskrieg auch deutsche Kampfpanzer vom Typ “Leopard 2”. Auch ein Camp, in dem über 500.000 Geflüchteten aus anderen Teilen Syriens Zuflucht gefunden haben, wurde nicht verschont. Die türkische Besatzungsarmee rückt gemeinsam mit islamistischen Verbänden der so genannten „Freien Syrischen Armee“ an fünf Fronten auf Afrin vor. Im Norden Afrins finden zurzeit schwerste Gefechte zwischen den Selbstverteidigungseinheiten der Bevölkerung und der türkischen Armee statt. Die Kräfte der YPG/YPJ leisten erbitterten Widerstand und wehren unter größter Opferbereitschaft den türkischen Vormarsch ab. Erdogan hat angekündigt, dass die Besatzung Afrins nur der erste Schritt in einem umfassenden Vernichtungsfeldzug gegen ganz Rojava und die gesamte Demokratische Föderation Nordsyrien sein soll. Allein die Bilanz der ersten drei Tage ist erschreckend; 18 ZivilistInnen wurden ermordet und 3 KämpferInnen sind im Widerstand gefallen. Es gibt über 23 verletzte ZivilistInnen.

Der türkische Staat versucht in Afrin das demokratische Projekt, das unter größten Anstrengungen und schweren Opfern in den nunmehr fünf Jahren der Revolution aufgebaut und verteidigt wurde, zu zerschlagen In Afrin wird nicht nur eine Stadt bombardiert. Die Bomben der türkischen Armee sollen die Errungenschaften dieser Revolution vernichten. Das gesellschaftliche Projekt des Demokratischen Konföderalismus basiert auf den Prinzipien von Frauenbefreiung, Ökologie und einer radikalen Demokratie. In Nordsyrien haben sich die Völker der Region ein gemeinsames Leben erkämpft, jenseits von Nationalismus, religiösem Sektierertum und imperialistischer Fremdbestimmung. In Nordsyrien wird heute eine Gesellschaft aufgebaut, in der Frauen ihre Geschicke selbstbestimmt in die Hand nehmen und autonome Frauenorganisierung in allen gesellschaftlichen Bereichen stattfindet. Diese Frauenrevolution ist die Garantie für den Erfolg der Revolution in Rojava. Die Revolution in Nordsyrien ist ein Frühling der Frauen und nie werden sie den Frühling aufhalten können. Mit einer kommunalen Ökonomie und einer basisdemokratischen Räteverwaltung wird versucht, ein Leben jenseits der kapitalistischen Verwertungslogik und staatlicher Bevormundung aufzubauen.

Während Kobanê von den Mörderbanden des sogenannten Islamischen Staats belagert wurde, sind wir in Europa und auf der ganzen Welt zu Hunderttausenden auf die Straße gegangen, um genau diese Werte und diese Revolution gemeinsam zu verteidigen. Genau wie damals muss heute klar sein: Das Schicksal der Revolution in Nordsyrien und des Mittleren Ostens steht heute in Afrin auf dem Spiel.

Genau wie damals gilt es heute, auch und insbesondere hier in Deutschland, Widerstand zu entwickeln. Es ist offensichtlich, dass dieser verbrecherische Überfall auf Afrin nur Realität werden konnte dank der Unterstützung, die das Regime Erdogans aus Berlin und speziell durch die letzten Gespräche zwischen Sigmar Gabriel und Mevlut Cavusoglu erhalten hat. Es sind Panzer, Fahrzeuge und Gewehre, allesamt in deutschen Fabriken produziert, mit denen die türkischen Soldaten heute über die Grenze nach Afrin marschieren. Es ist die nahezu bedingungslose politische Rückendeckung aus Berlin, die Ankara überhaupt erst dazu ermutigt hat, einen derartigen Völkerrechtsbruch zu unternehmen. Zu guter Letzt ist es die direkte Unterstützung des Innenministeriums hier in Deutschland, mit der Protest von vornherein durch das Verbot sämtlicher kurdischer Flaggen und die andauernde und schärfer werdende Kriminalisierung gegen kurdische Organisationen unterdrückt wird.

Weil Deutschland indirekt eine Kriegspartei in Afrin ist, gilt es den Druck auf die Bundesregierung zu erhöhen und unseren Protest auf die Straße zu tragen. Mit dem Geist von Kobanê müssen wir uns heute zusammentun, organisieren und gemeinsam zur Aktion schreiten, denn morgen schon könnte es zu spät sein. Afrin ist von allen Seiten umzingelt, also müssen wir die Luftröhre dieser Revolution sein.

Wir rufen daher all jene, die sich mit den Werten dieser Revolution identifizieren können, all jene, für die Rojava und die Demokratische Föderation Nordsyrien in den letzten Jahren zur Hoffnung und Inspiration wurde und all jene, die nicht mehr länger zusehen wollen, wie die Bundesregierung sich erneut vor allen Augen zum Komplizen eines weiteren Massakers macht: Kommt zur bundesweiten Demonstration in Köln am Samstag, den 27. Januar und schließt euch auch darüber hinaus in euren Städten und Vierteln zu dezentralen Protestaktionen zusammen.

Wir rufen euch zudem, also die Öffentlichkeit in Deutschland, dazu auf, eure Solidarität mit Afrin zu zeigen und euch mit uns gemeinsam gegen die Kriegspolitik der AKP im Mittleren Osten zu stellen! Lasst uns gemeinsam unsere Stimmen für den Frieden erheben!

Organisiert Busse, teilt uns die Busabfahrtszeiten mit, mobilisiert zur Demo und kommt! Der genaue Beginn der Demonstration in Köln wird noch bekannt gegeben.

Nav-Dem e.V.

Scharfe Kritik von NAV-DEM wegen Auflagen für Antikriegsdemo

Stadt Köln möchte mit inakzeptablen Auflagen Demonstrationsteilnehmer schikanieren, erklärt NAV-DEM nach einem Kooperationsgespräch mit der Polizei.

Am Samstag wird in Köln eine Großdemonstration „Die Alternative lebt! Überall ist Afrin – überall ist Widerstand!“ stattfinden. Tausende werden erwartet, die gegen die Kriegspolitik der Türkei, aber auch gegen die Haltung der EU und im Besonderen der von Deutschland protestieren werden.

Gestern hat in Köln zur Durchführung der Demonstration ein sogenanntes Kooperationsgespräch stattgefunden. Ayten Kaplan, die Ko-Vorsitzende des Demokratischen Gesellschaftszentrum der KurdInnen in Deutschland (NAV-DEM), erklärt dazu: „Das gestrige Kooperationsgespräch hat gezeigt, dass die Stadt Köln erneut mit allen Mitteln unsere geplante Großdemonstration schikanieren möchte. Erneut wird nicht gestattet, dass die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer der Demonstration mit Lebensmitteln versorgt werden können. All unsere Kompromissvorschläge wurden rigoros abgeschmettert.“

Weiter heißt es in der Mitteilung an die Presse:

„Wir erwarten bis zu 20.000 Menschen zu dieser wichtigen Demonstration gegen die Kriegspolitik des türkischen Staates. Die Menschen werden von überall aus Deutschland nach Köln reisen, um ein Zeichen für den Frieden zu setzen. Vor diesem Hintergrund sind die Auflagen der Stadt Köln schlichtweg skandalös. Wir fragen uns, ob die Stadt mit diesen Schikanen uns dazu drängen will, keine Demonstrationen mehr in Köln zu veranstalten? Aus unserer Sicht ist das nicht akzeptabel. Wir werden rechtlich gegen diese Auflagen vorgehen“, erklärt die Ko-Vorsitzende des größten kurdischen Dachverbands in Deutschland.

Auch Rechtsanwalt Yener Sözen, der die Ko-Vorsitzende von NAV-DEM zum Kooperationsgespräch begleitete, kritisiert die Auflagen der Stadt Köln. „Ein Thema dieses Gespräches war der Wunsch meiner Mandantin, die TeilnehmerInnen kostenlos durch Ausgabe von Getränken und Fingerfood zu versorgen. Dies hat die Stadt rigoros abgelehnt und wird diese in den Auflagen ihres Bescheides verbieten. Ein Alternativvorschlag unsererseits, die Grundversorgung der Menschen durch das Deutsche Rote Kreuz zu gewährleisten, wurde ebenfalls abgelehnt“, so Sözen.

NAV-DEM hat für Samstag zu einer bundesweiten Großdemonstration in Köln aufgrund des türkischen Angriffskrieges gegen den nordsyrischen Kanton Afrin aufgerufen. Die Auftaktkundgebung der Demonstration beginnt um 10 Uhr am Ebertplatz. Zudem finden auf Aufruf von NAV-DEM bereits seit letzten Samstag täglich in zahlreichen Städten Deutschlands lokale Demonstrationen gegen die Kriegspolitik des türkischen Staates statt.“

Zum Aufruf von NAV-DEM zur bundesweiten Großdemonstration in Köln am Samstag, den 27. Januar gelangen Sie hier:


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