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(en) Czech, AFED: Stop Turkish aggression! - Report from the Prague demonstration [machine translation]

Date Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:09:24 +0300


Prague demonstration in support of the autonomous region of Rojava, attacked by the Turkish army and its supported mercenaries ---- Since the launch of the latest occupation attack by the army of the Turkish autocrat Erdogan, protest events have been taking place all over the world, as has been the case in the Czech Republic. The biggest public performance so far in support of Rojava autonomy took place on Wednesday, October 16, in several cities. In Prague alone, about 600 people gathered for a demonstration organized by the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution in Rojava, which also involves anarchists and anarchists from the AF. ---- The event was convened at six o'clock in the evening. At that time there were hundreds of people in Klarov, so the first speeches could be started after about twenty minutes. She was the first to make a statement from the Committee representative. She briefly summarized what was happening in Rojava and noted that Erdogan was trying to strengthen his position at home. She mentioned that after the treason by the West, the Kurds were left with nothing but an unfortunate alliance with the Syrian dictator Assad, spoke of a humanitarian disaster, an alliance between the Czech Republic and Turkey within NATO, and called for a no-fly zone and economic sanctions against Turkey. Then Martin Rozumek from the Organization for Aid to Refugees picked up the microphone. He expressed his disappointment with Czech politicians and the EU as a whole. He recalled the assistance of his organization to Kurdish refugees persecuted in Turkey, Syria and Iraq, and warned that Assad was another danger to the Kurds. After chanting "Long live international solidarity", which spanned the whole demonstration, Matej Žaloudek spoke from the Green Party. He said that the Kurdish flag had been displayed in Prague 3, where he was the representative. He stated that NATO could not respond to its own member's aggression, and wondered why the Czech Republic was even exporting arms to a country that oppressed its own people, and Turkey was not the only one.

Chanting "Erdogan - terrorist" after half past seven, the crowd set out for the march accompanied by colored smoke bombs. The parade saw Kurdish flags, including the arrest of the Rojava militia, as well as anti-fascist and anarchist flags. With banners "Solidarity with Rojava", "Stop Turkish aggression!", "Stop turkish terrorism in Rojava", "Vacation? Certainly not in Turkey! "Was the constant chanting of the Lesser Town Square.

There was another series of speeches after several Kurdish songs around seven o'clock. A representative of the Pirates emphasized the merits of the Kurdish militia and mentioned the shameful behavior of the Czech government and treason of the United States. She reported that the House condemned the Turkish aggression and presented the next steps of the Pirates in the European Parliament. Finally, she invited the attendees to another Prague demonstration, which will take place on Monday 21 October. Then a letter was read from the Jinwar women's village, beginning with a greeting to people who had visited the village in the past and continuing with a list of what had been built within a short time. All of this, however, is threatened by the Turkish attack, and there are concerns about the slave future of women, just as it happened after the Turkish occupation of Africa earlier this year. Jinwar has become a refuge for many women, and within Rojava, women organize in all cities and spheres. This experience can be an example to all women of the world. "Let's stand together for a free life," the conclusion was applauded.

At quarter past eight, the crowd moved again. During the journey, chants were chanted without a break, both in Kurdish slogans in support of Rojava and her militias, against a terrorist at the head of Turkey, and anti-fascist and anti-capitalist cries. There were some pyrotechnic effects near the Castle, and continued across Hradcanské Square to Loreto, where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is located. Here was the final stop. After many minutes of chanting, Rashid Khalil, Kudr, has lived here for 31 years. He recalled the various Turkish interventions and their effects and the fact that the Kurds became enemies of Islamists around the world. He said that the Kurds did not want to be second-class citizens and that they would not bow their heads: "We will continue with and without help. "After another wave of chanting, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs followed by Jan Kavan, the chairman of the UN General Assembly. He thanked those present for their protest, condemned Trump's stance and called for the Turkish involvement in Rojava to be spelled out in terms of aggression, invasion and violation of international law. He called for sanctions, a break in diplomatic relations and the total isolation of Turkey. He described the functioning of self-government in northern Syria as worthy of following for many others. He ended his improvised speech with the exclamation: "Long live international solidarity!" The last word then belonged to a Czech volunteer who sent an audio message from Rojava. He appealed to the need to "show people here that we had not turned our backs on them", describing that as many as 300,000 people had to leave their homes and that the people in Rojava were determined to fight to the end. He thanked those present for their protest, condemned Trump's stance and called for the Turkish involvement in Rojava to be spelled out in terms of aggression, invasion and violation of international law. He called for sanctions, a break in diplomatic relations and the total isolation of Turkey. He described the functioning of self-government in northern Syria as worthy of following for many others. He ended his improvised speech with the exclamation: "Long live international solidarity!" The last word then belonged to a Czech volunteer who sent an audio message from Rojava. He appealed to the need to "show people here that we had not turned our backs on them", describing that as many as 300,000 people had to leave their homes and that the people in Rojava were determined to fight to the end. He thanked those present for their protest, condemned Trump's stance and called for the Turkish involvement in Rojava to be spelled out in terms of aggression, invasion and violation of international law. He called for sanctions, a break in diplomatic relations and the total isolation of Turkey. He described the functioning of self-government in northern Syria as worthy of following for many others. He ended his improvised speech with the exclamation: "Long live international solidarity!" The last word then belonged to a Czech volunteer who sent an audio message from Rojava. He appealed to the need to "show people here that we had not turned our backs on them", describing that as many as 300,000 people had to leave their homes and that the people in Rojava were determined to fight to the end. He called for sanctions, a break in diplomatic relations and the total isolation of Turkey. He described the functioning of self-government in northern Syria as worthy of following for many others. He ended his improvised speech with the exclamation: "Long live international solidarity!" The last word then belonged to a Czech volunteer who sent an audio message from Rojava. He appealed to the need to "show people here that we had not turned our backs on them", describing that as many as 300,000 people had to leave their homes and that the people in Rojava were determined to fight to the end. He called for sanctions, a break in diplomatic relations and the total isolation of Turkey. He described the functioning of self-government in northern Syria as worthy of following for many others. He ended his improvised speech with the exclamation: "Long live international solidarity!" The last word then belonged to a Czech volunteer who sent an audio message from Rojava. He appealed to the need to "show people here that we had not turned our backs on them", describing that as many as 300,000 people had to leave their homes and that the people in Rojava were determined to fight to the end.

Another wave of chanting, accompanied by smoke in Kurdish colors, ended the event at about quarter to nine. However, this does not end our support of the Rojava self-government. Anyone can participate, at least for example by putting up the current issue of the A3 wall paper .

https://www.afed.cz/text/7050/stop-turecke-agresi
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