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(en) Defend Afrin: Afrin is Everywhere - Resistance is Everywhere!

Date Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:58:39 +0200

The cops expected between 200 and 300 people at yesterdays demonstration against the Turkish military aggression in Afrin (Rojava), but 1000 people joined the demonstration in Wuppertal, Germany. Among the 4 arrested people on a solidarity with Afrin demo in Hannover, Germany today were 2 minors. On Saturday there will be similar demo in Cologne. According to German mainstream media reports, organizers expect 20.000 people. Anarchists are calling for an anti-authoritarian block on Saturdays demonstration in Cologne. Anarchists in Afrin, Rojava need financial support for food. They started a fundraiser (link in the aricle). ---- Activists chanted "Erdogan terrorist!" during yesterdays demonstration in Wuppertal. Again and again cops filmed protesters with YPG and YPJ flags but did not arrest people who were waving the flags which are banned in Germany. The reason the cops filmed people with the banned flags during the demo could be to gather evidence to arrest people later. The cops were very nervous because they didn't expect the high number of protesters and this was probably the reason the cops didn't dare to arrest people with YPG and YPJ flags during the demo.

In Hannover things were different today. Riot cops detained 4 people during a demonstration in the German city. The demonstration was organized in solidarity with Afrin and here the cops detained 2 minors, at least one of them (13 years old) was detained because he had a Kurdish flag (Video in Tweet below).

In Hannover there was also a demo of Turkish nationalists and fascists to "celebrate" the Turkish military aggression in Rojava. Erdogan's propaganda machine is claiming that the Turkish army is fighting ISIS (Daesh) in Syria but in reality Turkey is reanimating the terrorist militia. The Turkish military aggression came after ISIS lost most of the territories in Irak and Syria which were under their control. The YPG and YPJ were two of the main militias that fought against ISIS. During the ongoing Turkish attacks, Turkey is collaborating with jihadists again (Link in tweet below).

The Turkish army is using German tanks for their military aggression against people in Afrin (Rojava) and the German government is discussing a new major arms deal with the Turkish government at the moment. Merkel's government also expressed that although the government is "worried", they "understand" the Turkish military operation. Merkel's government is once again spreading Erdogan's propaganda. A spokesperson of the German foreign ministery told reporters today that Tukey has a legitimate "security interest" and claims that Turkey was attacked again and again from ISIS militias who operate in northern Syria. A cheap and blunt lie, there are no ISIS militias in Afrin. The Turkish army is fighting the YPG and YPJ militias that defeated ISIS in Rojava and other regions in Syria and these facts are also known by the German government.

It's not really surprising. German is cooperating with Turkish state security services for years now. Many Kurdish and Turkish activists are imprisoned in Germany. Many Kurdish flags are banned and German cops raided many offices of Kurdish and Turkish opposition groups in the past years. In Munich cops even raided an apartment last year, because somebody allegedly posted a Kurdish symbol on Facebook. The Turkish army doesn't only kill YPG and YPJ fighters but also many civilians were massacred by Erdogan's lackeys in uniform in the past week and the German government continues to support Erdogan's murderous policies. Capitalism kills!

On Saturday there will be a huge demo in solidarity with Afrin in Cologne, Germany. Activists are mobilizing across Germany and according to mainstream media the organizers expect 20.000 people. City authorities in Cologne have forbidden organizers to hand out free food and drinks to the protesters on Saturday. The organizers are now going to court to fight this absurd ban.

Anarchists are calling (Warning Facebook Link) for an anti-authoritarian block at the demonstration in Cologne. They call all anarchists, libertarian communists, feminists and antifascists to join the block.

The starting gathering for the demo in solidarity with Afrin will start at January 27, 10:00am on Ebertplatz in Cologne, Germany.

On Wednesday January 31, 2018 there will be a Rojava info event in the autonomous center in Wuppertal, Germany. Activists of the Kurdish movement that live in Wuppertal will speak about the situation in Rojava. The info event will start at 08:00pm in the autonomous center (AZ) in the Markomannenstraße 3 in Wuppertal. You will find more information (German); here (Warning Facebook Link).

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