20,000 March in London calling for an end to the Turkish invasion of Rojava

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20,000 on London's streets say 'Stop the Turkish invasion'
'Rise up for Rojava' rally opposes Erdogan's brutal war on Syria's Kurds


20000 on London's streets say 'Stop the Turkish invasion'
Morning Star Online-7 hours ago

By Steve Sweeney and Peter Lazenby

MORE than 20,000 took to the streets of London today as people came from across the country to oppose Turkey’s war on the Kurdish people of northern Syria.

The demonstration is believed to be the largest ever organised by the Kurdish community in Britain as they took to the streets to “Rise up for Rojava” – the largely Kurdish region under attack by the Turkish state.

It was part of a global day of action as outrage grows over the illegal invasion being conducted by Nato’s second largest army allied with jihadist mercenaries from the Syrian National Army – also known as the Free Syrian Army.

Protests against Turkey’s invasion took place in Britain, France, Germany and Cyprus, which is divided by a Greece-Turkey border.

Kurdish Solidarity Campaign secretary Rosa Gilbert said: “It has been quite amazing. In the United States and Britain politicians are doing nothing of use, but there has been a massive response from the people.”

Unite the union international secretary Simon Dubbins addressed the rally and explained that he had seen the democratic revolution being built there during a recent cross-party delegation.

He said progressive forces had created a space where women are playing a leading role in building a new society and warned that the Turkish invasion would destroy this and lead to the resurgence of Isis, who have been driven out of the region thanks to the Kurdish-led forces.

Ibrahim Avcil from Gik-Der Turkish and Kurdish community group said: “We need to build the momentum and push for concrete sanctions against the Turkish state.”

Defend Rojava London, one of the organisers of the demonstration yesterday, branded the Turkish invasion a “genocidal campaign to annihilate the autonomy of the Kurdish people.”

Elif Gun from Kurdistan Students Union told the Star: “It was lovely to see so many people coming together in the spirit of this beautiful struggle.

“Everyone was shoulder to shoulder chanting slogans, raising morale for the people resisting on the ground in northern Syria.”

Further demonstrations are planned for this week. Donations are urgently required for Heyva Sor (Kurdish Red Crescent) who are coordinating releif efforts on the ground."

A rally in Dublin’s O’Connell Street was joined by a large crowd to condemn the brutal invasion carried out by the Turkish state.

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney said: "Everyone in Ireland genuinely committed to human and national democratic rights stand in solidarity with the Kurdish people."

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD had condemned the Turkish military invasion in northern Syria from day one saying that the attacks “will destabilise the region and hamper the fight against ISIS”.

Teachta McDonald added: "The aim of the Turkish army is to occupy Kurdish areas and to attack the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. The SDF liberated areas under ISIS control, rescued tens of thousands of captured Yazidis, and established democratic political structures that respected the rights of minorities. They are now under attack from NATO’s second largest army."

McDonald continued: "We have already seen the human rights violations that the Turkish army have committed against Kurds in south-east Turkey and it is clear their brutal tactics will be replicated in northern Syria. Turkey’s attacks will destabilise the region and hamper the fight against ISIS and should be condemned."

McDonald called "on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to condemn this military operation and outline what Ireland’s response will be." - ANF | Demos in Ireland to condemn Turkish invasion of Rojava

Don't shoot the messenger. Blah! I'll leave the thread open for details of further demonstrations and news. My own two cents is that the Trade Unions should be weighing in behind the left wing parties opposed to the invasion and that they should call for an immediate cessation of attacks by Turkey against the Kurds and a withdrawal of its armed forces from Kurdish areas. The cynic in me says, a fat lot of good that will do the Kurds, but sure, sin mar a bhfuil.
 


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An Education System worth saving:

New Education System was central to the Kurds' Rojava Revolution in northern Syria – now it’s under attack

A New Education System


Preceded and surrounded by authoritarian regimes who have historically oppressed the Kurds and other minorities, the Rojava Revolution proposed a system based on diversity and inclusion of all ethnicities and religions, feminism, and ecology.

Many teachers and students we spoke to for our research saw education as fundamental to this new society, achieved through “fighting with pens”, as described by Rojava’s Institute of Educational Science, responsible for curriculum design. The Syrian regime’s education system emphasises “just one language, one party, one politics”, forbids minorities from speaking their language and celebrating their unique cultures and histories. In contrast, the new education system in Rojava aims to foster respect between the different groups in Syria. Classes are taught in multiple languages: Kurmancî, the local Kurdish dialect, Arabic, and Syriac.

Students are educated about their own cultures and histories as well as those of others, which reasserts their own suppressed identities and builds tolerance of others. Rather than the authoritative style of education that characterised the Syrian regime, students are also encouraged to participate actively, with opportunities for feedback and discussion at all levels of the education system.

Underpinning all of this is what is referred to as a “new mentality”, one based on the values of a “democratic nation”. These are embedded in class discussions with topics that include “how different nations can live together” and “how we can bring peace to our society and all nations in our area”.

Since its humble beginnings in clandestine Kurmancî language classes prior to the revolution in northern Syria, the new education system has expanded to over 3,000 schools with over 300,000 students alone in the Cizîrê canton, one of Rojava’s three cantons.

We found that the students within Rojava’s education system that we interviewed were uniformly positive about these changes, and it has gone on to shape the vision of Syria in the future that students want. A middle school student explained to us:

We want to succeed because we see ourselves in it, we see our society and culture inside it.
 

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Truly a utopia, and a wet dream for western lefties. But why don't the Rojavians send for help from their brothers in Wakanda?
 


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