The Global Days of Action in solidarity with Rojava saw actions organized in dozens of cities across 20 countries — a statement and photo report.
Press statement from the Internationalist Commune of Rojava
In over 55 cities across more than 20 countries, thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent days. The Global Days of Action on January 27 and 28 in defense of the revolution in Rojava and against Erdoğan’s regime in Turkey, have once again shown that the solidarity movement is truly a global one.
The list of cities is long: from Sydney, Moscow, Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Berlin and Munich, to Los Angeles and New York. In all these cities demonstrations, rallies, film screenings and talks were organized in the past few days. The Internationalist Commune of Rojava had called for the global days of action to defend the revolution in Rojava, northeastern Syria. Many organizations and individuals joined the call and actions took place in nearly two dozen countries. The biggest demonstration took place in London, last Sunday in front of the BBC offices at Portland Place. In New York, feminist icon Gloria Steiner spoke at another solidarity demo, urging “each one of us…to alert everyone to this very, very, very crucial struggle…in support of the Kurdish people and…their pluralist, multi-ethnic society” with its emphasis on women’s rights and democracy.
A main focus of the days of action was the support Western states and companies provided to Erdoğan’s regime. Turkey has been waging war against the Kurdish movement for decades, both inside and outside the country. Just one year ago, with the military support of Western states such as England, Italy and Germany, Turkey illegally occupied the Afrin Canton of the Democratic Self-Government of Northeastern Syria.
“Because the war of the Turkish state against Democratic Autonomy in Rojava, Syria would not be possible without [Western] military support, we are currently protesting against these companies that export arms to Turkey,” says Sara Andre of the Internationalist Commune of Rojava. Because of the widespread support, including heavy weapons and technology from many European companies,many of the actions organized in the past weekend focused on the weapons industries that are doing business with Turkey.
In Munich, actions took place at Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG and Daimler AG. In Sweden, activists protested at several SAAB locations and a protest took place in front of BAE in London. In Austria, activists spontaneously held a demonstration on the grounds of Rheinmetall and in Flensburg Germany, people protested in front of Rheinmetall. In Unterlüß, one of the largest sites of Rheinmetall in Germany, activists blocked the access roads to the company during the night. A statement by the activists read: “On several access roads we have built roadblocks with the help of construction site closures. This blocked the access to Unterlüß to delay the construction of weapons.”
“It is precisely these companies that benefit from the Turkish war in Syria, but also in Iraq,” adds Ulrike Martin of Make Rojava Green Again, who also took part in the days of action. “Among others, it were the tanks, from Germany, trucks from Sweden and helicopters from Italy, that make the wars of Turkey possible.”
The Internationalist Commune of Rojava views the days of action as a great success. They made clear that the solidarity movement with the Rojava revolution has become a global movement for democracy and peace in the Middle East, especially Syria. “But let us not forget that the initiator of this social uprising in Rojava, Abdullah Öcalan, has been imprisoned in Turkey since 1999,” says Sara Andre. Currently, indefinite hunger strikes by over 200 political prisoners in Turkey for lifting the solitary confinement of Öcalan. The HDP politician and activist Leyla Güven is on hunger strike since November 7, last year. “Defending the revolution in Rojava also means breaking the isolation of Öcalan,” Sara Andre added.
Even though the days of action are over now, the protests against the fascist regime of the AKP and MHP under Erdoğan will continue. Activists from Sweden, England and Germany have widely announced the continuation of their campaigns against arms exports.
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Read more about the reasons behind why the Internationalist Commune of Rojava called for Global Days of Action:
Stand with Rojava, oppose Turkey’s war
This weekend, Kurds and their allies are organizing two global days of action to stop the invasion of Rojava threatened by Turkey and Islamist mercenaries.
Global solidarity in photos
London, United Kingdom
Los Angeles, US
Salt Lake, US
San Fransisco, US
New York, US
Prague, Czech Republic
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country
Check the website of the Internationalist Commune of Rojava for a complete list.
Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2019/01/30/rojava-solidarity-days-of-action-photos/