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(en) Czech, AFED: We need your help! - Open letter from Fridays For Future Rojava
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:31:53 +0300
Dear Fridays For Future students,we were thrilled to see global climate protests. And
since we founded Fridays For Future Rojava this May, we have been protesting and betting
at your side! ---- Fridays For Future brought together young people across the world who
understand that it is impossible to continue destroying nature. ---- The reality in
Rojava, a Kurdish region in northern Syria, is very different from many other locations
where there are local branches of FFF. Since the revolution in 2012 in Rojava, we have
been building an alternative social model based on three basic principles: women's
liberation, ecology and radical democracy. In the last seven years, self-governing
environmental projects have been organized from almost everywhere: neighborhood councils,
women's centers, educational academies as an alternative, free school system, economic and
agricultural cooperatives and much more. All areas of life have been reorganized from
bottom to top. In the past, everything was controlled by the Syrian government of
Damascus. Now we govern ourselves. In all these new structures, women organize
autonomously so that they can counterbalance the patriarchy.
This democratic system has been the target of reactionary forces since the beginning.
First Al-Nusra (part of Al-Qaeda) and then the Islamic State attacked our cities and
occupied much of the country. But we managed to free themselves from their cruel regime.
The Islamic State was defeated. The Islamic state is not just a phenomenon here in the
Middle East. Many jihadists came here from western countries, through Turkey.
But even with the end of the Islamic State, the attacks continued. In early 2018, Turkey
began illegal aggression and has since occupied the region of Africa, which was previously
self-governing and was considered one of the safest areas in Syria. Now there is violence
Many young people like us have helped defend Africa. Almost every family could name
someone she lost in defense against an Islamic state or Turkey - someone who was murdered
in defense of peace and democratic values.
Today, on October 9, 2019, Turkey launched an attack. We have bombs and artillery fire.
Turkish forces are trying to cross the border in some places. There are many civilian
casualties already. Infrastructure, such as dams or electricity sources, was among the
In these difficult hours we turn to you, dear friends from Fridays For Future. We believe
that the ecological crisis can only be addressed by self-determination. Our economy is
built on cooperation and people's needs. This is the revolution in Rojava.
Be strong, discuss these issues, don't be fooled by the media and take to the streets! As
long as these attacks continue, there will also be actions of solidarity and resistance.
Campaign # Riseup4Rojava brings all these actions together.
If you want to contact us directly, please email email@example.com! We are a
diverse group of people from Rojava, even those who came to Rojava to support the
revolution. You can write to us in English or in any other language!
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