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(en) Rojava, If Afrin falls ---- ... it will have been too late!

Date Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:56:09 +0200


We call on Monday, 12.3.2018 to start with this militant campaign wherever we can hit the rulers: Radical, creative and courageous, involve you and organize local actions as a prelude to a resistance that will show the powerful of this world that Afrin is not alone. Like the people of Rojava, we also say: "Together we will fight, together we will lose, or together we will win". ---- Long live the international solidarity! ---- If Afrin falls ... It will be too late ---- By ANA on March 11, 2018 ---- europe-se-afrin-will-be-too-late-1 ---- [We make a call on Monday 12.3.2018 to start with this militant campaign anywhere, that we can strike at the rulers. Let us take a radical, creative and courageous part. Let us organize local actions as a prelude to a resistance that will show the powerful in this world that Afrin is not alone. As they say in Rojava, we also say: "We will fight together, we will lose together or we will conquer together."]

For more than 6 weeks we have seen the attack and occupation of Afrin, the western canton of Rojava, by the Turkish state alongside Islamist groups linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS. In this extermination campaign, the invaders are not afraid to use deliberate bombardments against the civilian population and even chemical weapons. Islamic mercenaries and fascist Turkish soldiers leave a trail of devastation, plunder, rape and murder, and practice ethnic cleansing in the territory of the Kurds. To date, more than 300 civilians and many militants have given their lives, dozens of villages have been destroyed and hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes.

Despite the determined resistance of the people of Afrin and the YPG / YPJ / SDF defense units, the Turkish army manages to gain more ground every day. While the Turkish offensive was stagnant in the border area of the canton during the first month, in recent days important cities like Raco and Shera were conquered by the invaders. Its destination is the city of Afrin, the place where until now they found refuge the civilians that fled of the villages and the small towns that were conquered.

This is possible thanks to the massive use of modern NATO technology, such as fighter jets, artillery, tanks and drones. The Islamic-Fascist war against Afrin is not only Erdogan's attempt to destroy the Kurdish liberation movement. While Russia opens the door to the Turkish air forces the Syrian regime of Assad indeed remains inactive. NATO actively supports this war with information on intelligence, military technology, weapons and ammunition from Western factories. The hypocritical messages of the palaces of power can not hide the fact that this war is nothing more than the calculation of the rulers with the revolution of Rojava. It is the calculation against the attempt to confront the capitalist system with a self-determined alternative of radical democracy, liberation of women, true gender equality and social ecology.

The radical left across the world should be aware of the historic importance of these days. The attack on Afrin is an attempt to destroy the most promising revolutionary project of our generation. The Rojava revolution is not only the only significant emancipatory prospect in the Middle East, it is also one of the last rays of hope left to make another world possible.

Like no other revolution of the last decades, Rojava inspired us and shows us how radical and beautiful the struggle for the liberation of society can be. The heroic resistance of the YPG and YPJ in Kobane and the self-organization of the population under the initiative of women liberators enchant thousands of leftists, anarchists, socialists and feminists. Throughout the world this revolution is discussed, admired and motive of solidarity; hundreds of people made their way to Rojava and participated in the resistance against ISIS and in building a new society. Despite all the contradictions, Rojava's movement, with its determination, its connection with people and the concrete implementation of our utopias, became the most important focus of the global struggle against capitalism, patriarchy and racism.

Today, this design lies between the sword and the wall. The war in Afrin is a struggle between existence or non-existence for revolution in Rojava. If Afrin falls, Minbij will fall, too. With a victory for the Turkish state west of the Euphrates, US imperialism will also reshape its regional strategy and consider turning Syria north to Islamic militias affiliated with Turkey under the label of FSA, a new ally of ISIS, and al-Qaeda / Al-Nusra. This would be not only the beginning of ethnic cleansing and the bloody end of Rojava's revolution, but also the beginning of a new phase in the development of Turkish fascism as the source of world Islam: Erdogan's dreams about the new Ottoman Empire with him like Sultan to the head, would no longer have any counterpart. The internal dictatorship would consolidate for decades, the colonial expansion would extend to the outside. The Middle East would be driven deeper into the chaos of war and annihilation without a force that could develop an emancipatory alternative.

The fact that events in the Middle East have a direct impact on political and social processes also in Europe and other parts of the world has been demonstrated not only by ISIS attacks in recent years. Also the rise of racism, sexism and anti-Semitism in European societies, the new militarism and the increasing calls for the authoritarian state with the return of the radical right, are directly related. We must be aware that the conditions under which we, the radical left, are struggling in the centers of power, are also affected to a great extent by the international balance of power. As well as the political conditions in the metropolis of capitalism, they influence the conditions under which our friends fight in Afrin.

The people of Rojava stand still, YPG / YPJ / SDF oppose these developments. And so far this resistance has been successful just because people have decided to give it all away. However, Afrin will not be able to defend himself against the brutal superiority of attacks by the Turkish army and its Islamist collaborators without international support. But despite weeks of protests around the world, the states of North America to Russia, across Europe, cling to their cruel decision to end this revolution, and seem to have sealed the fate of the people in Rojava. The resistance in Afrin will only succeed if we are ready to give everything, even if it is the most valuable.

We will not continue to passively contemplate this injustice. We will not leave the people alone in Rojava and our comrades in the struggle, because the war against Afrin is a war against us. The Turkish attack on Afrin is NATO's political, economic and military push at the heart of our revolutionary struggles, our dreams and our hopes. Let us return this war where it was approved, endorsed, legitimized and produced. We will raise the costs for those who benefit from this war. We will hold those who support the murder of civilians accountable, legitimize it as a supposed "war on terror". And we will make the deaf European public listen, we will remind our societies that we are all responsible for what governments are doing on our behalf.

In this sense, we call on the emancipating forces around the world to break the silence, and give voice to the people of Rojava so that no one else can ignore it. If not we, who else can claim responsibilities to our societies? The situation in Afrin is an existential threat to all our revolutionary perspectives. When, if not now, is it time to risk everything? If Afrin falls, it will be too late. Only if we give everything, we can win everything.

The actions of solidarity with the resistance in Afrin were correct and accurate. We salute all the comrades who have been organizing, manifesting themselves and carrying out direct actions for weeks. These were important moments, but they are not enough. In the present situation, the murderous silence and support of Turkish fascism by the international community obliges us to other means. We must exercise the right to self-defense of our hopes.

Direct action can not only be a concrete intervention in the war and propaganda machine of the Turkish state and its supporters, it has much more potential to draw attention to the extraordinary urgency of the situation. Burning Turkish embassies and consulates, sabotaging armaments companies and massive militant actions against the symbols of capitalism and imperialist rule, will break the silence and make the atrocities of Turkish fascism impossible to ignore. The system in Europe feeds on us to make us dependent and stun us, to pacify conflicts and contradictions. Let the illusion of social peace be consumed by the flames. Let us demonstrate to the rulers that we will resist the attacks with the people of Rojava and will defend all that the revolution means in Rojava, which is also our revolution.

We make a call on Monday 12.3.2018 to start with this militant campaign anywhere, that we can strike at the rulers. Let us take a radical, creative and courageous part. Let us organize local actions as a prelude to a resistance that will show the powerful in this world that Afrin is not alone. As they say in Rojava, we also say: "We will fight together, we will lose together or we will conquer together."

Afrin will not fall!

Biji Berxwedana Afrin

Long live international solidarity!

fight4afrin.noblogs.org

Translation> Sol de Abril
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