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Melbourne joins Global Day of Action against Turkey’s War on Kurds


Members of Victoria’s Kurdish community and their supporters will protest in the CBD  this Saturday, 11 June 2022, adding their voices to a declared Global Day of Action protesting Turkey’s invasion of southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq). 

This latest aggression was launched in April 2022 and has involved aerial and artillery bombardments,  drone strikes and chemical weapons – the use of which is banned worldwide in all circumstances. The Turkish state has violated international borders and is seeking to establish permanent military  bases in Iraq. In addition Turkey has stepped up its attacks against North and East Syria, known as  Rojava or western Kurdistan to the Kurds, and is now threatening a full-scale invasion of the region  along its entire border. 

“The eyes of the world are focused on conflict in the Ukraine. President Erdogan has used this as  cover for yet more brutal attacks against the Kurds”, said Spokesperson Heval Herki. “The Kurds  have suffered genocidal wars for decades – now yet again we face bloodshed, displacement and the  destruction of Kurdish villages. When will the world say enough is enough and insist that Turkey take  the alternative road to peace?” 

Members of the Kurdish community will be joined in their protest by supporters from the broader  Australian community. Solidarity groups Australians for Kurdistan (AFK) and North and East Syria  Solidarity (NESS) are helping to organise the protest and call on all Victorians to show their support  for the Kurds at this critical hour. 

“It’s outrageous that Turkey can launch these blatant and unjustified attacks with virtually no scrutiny  or criticism from the international community or the media”, NESS Co-Chair Fionn Skiotis said. “If we  can unite in condemning Russia for its invasion Ukraine, and take concerted action against Putin and  his henchmen, why can’t we do the same in the case of Turkey and the Erdogan regime?” 

“One of the most disturbing aspects of this aggression is Turkey’s attacks on the Yazidi people in  their homeland of Shengal in northern Iraq. The Yazidis were subjected to an horrendous genocide  at the hands of Islamic State in 2014. They deserve the world’s support – yet Turkey is bringing more  murder and displacement to a traumatised people.” 

This Saturday’s rally will start at 2.00pm at the Old GPO (corner of Bourke St Mall and Elizabeth St).  It will be addressed by Victorian Senator Janet Rice (Greens), a representative of the Victorian trade  unions and other community leaders. 

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