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(en) [Kurdistan] Message from Afrin Women for Women around the World By ANA (ca, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 9 Feb 2018 08:51:03 +0200

Defending Afrin means defending the women's revolution: "Erdogan's fascism will not pass!" ---- Since 20 January 2018, the Turkish army has been attacking and attempting to invade the Kurdish region of Afrin in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. Day and night, our towns and villages, refugee camps, historical sites and holy places were bombed by Turkish warplanes and artillery. During the first 10 days of these attacks, 65 civilians died and 163 were seriously injured. Among the victims are women, men, children and many refugees from other parts of Syria. ---- The fascist regime in Turkey openly announced the goal of its military aggression against Afrin, how to annihilate the autonomous democratic self-management of Rojava and occupy the territory of northern Syria. In this way, Erdogan's dictatorship strives to spread its racist, religious-fundamentalist, and sexist oppression regime throughout the Middle East.

As Afrin women we call upon women from all over the world to join in our resistance to defend Afrin and the values of humanity! For 6 years, the women of Afrin and Rojava resisted the attacks of the Islamic State. At the same time, we play a leading role in building democratic self-management structures. Women in Rojava have built autonomous structures based on community organization, women's councils, academies and cooperatives, as well as women's self-defense. When we realize that the solidarity of women is one of our most effective weapons, we develop our strength and our conscience. The courage that our Comrade Arîn Mirkan, in the struggle for Kobane's defense against the fascism of the ISIS, extended among women from all parts of society in Rojava. Its resistance was taken up by our companion Avesta Xabur, who sacrificed his life to stop the attempt of invasion of the Turkish army Fascist in the region of Afrin. Ten thousand women took up arms to defend their land, their lives and their future in Afrin. The resistance of the YPJ Women's Defense Units and the women's civil defense forces, Parastina Jinê, organized under the Rojava Women's Movement, Kongreya Star, are part of the global resistance of women against any form of oppression, feminicide and fascism .

While international institutions and state governments are silent about war crimes and the abuses of international law we face, we believe that women's international solidarity will be our most powerful weapon in defeating fascism and patriarchy. In this regard, we call on all women in the world to join in our struggle to defend Afrin: to defend a revolution of women.

We salute all our sisters who feel the same responsibility as us and take measures to stop the aggression of the Turkish state against Afrin by all means necessary.

Let us strengthen the networks and actions of international solidarity of women to stop the fascist wars and to spread the revolution of the women from Afrin and the north of Syria to all the regions of the world.

Long live the resistance of Afrin!

Long live the international solidarity of women!

Long live the Reber APO!

Kongreya Star Afrin, February 1, 2018


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