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(en) France, UCL AL #318 - International, Kurdistan: Erdogan's shadow hangs over Europe (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 6 Aug 2021 08:57:44 +0300

Two UCL activists tried to join the European mission responsible for observing Turkish war crimes in Iraqi Kurdistan. Repressed, like many delegates, he and she report on the extremely serious situation on the spot. ---- The Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq fought like lions in Rojava to not only contain, but defeat the caliphate of Daesh fanatics. Europe owes a lot to the Kurds: their fight there has prevented many terrorist attacks here. Emmanuel Macron was reminded of this by Kurdish organizations in France when he described the PKK as a " terrorist " organization , on the pretext that the Kurdistan Workers' Party is still on the Council of Europe's blacklist.
However, this June 14 Macron received Turkish President Erdogan within the framework of the NATO summit: the one who still today bombs the populations of Kurdistan with chemical weapons (white phosphorus), diverts the rivers to thirst the whole region, razes the forests, destroys the harvests, controls the jihadist cells of Daesh that he had recently armed and equipped, to launch them on the villages, the Kurdish installations, and to maintain a climate of terror.

Because Iraqi Kurdistan is surrounded. Erdogan's troops entered 50 kilometers into the Iraqi borders, completely illegally and despite the outrage of the Iraqi government. With the pretext of eradicating the PKK, Turkey wants above all to regain a foothold within the borders which were those of the Ottoman Empire, in complete disregard of local and international law.

But the Kurdistan Self-Defense Forces (HPG - armed wing of the PKK) are seasoned warriors, and the Turkish army was crushed in early June, in the Kurdish mountains. So Erdogan called on Massoud Barzani's PDK (Democratic Party of Kurdistan - Iraq) to actively engage in its strategy of encircling the Kurdish self-defense forces. The Barzani clan, already subservient to Ankara and Washington, kept a semblance of respectability and gave the change to its population.

But today, the masks are falling, the PDK can no longer pretend: Barzani is a traitor, an outspoken collaborator of the invader, supported by barely 20% of its population, and the Kurdish Peshmerga of Iraq are reluctant to support its strategy against their PKK brothers and sisters. This is why he too uses mercenaries - falsely called " special forces " - to support Erdogan's policy in the south.

The Kurdish left has its stronghold in the Qandil Mountains, in Iraqi Kurdistan. The Turkish army entered it, with the complicity of the liberal-feudal lords of the Barzani clan.
Photo: Yann Renoult
A European delegation of around 150 people, including two UCL activists, attempted to reach Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, to observe and report on Turkish war crimes, and to deliver a public address on June 14. But, arrested by the dozen upon their arrival in Erbil, or banned from leaving German territory in Düsseldorf, stranded in Qatar, nearly fifty delegates were turned away by the PDK services, on the orders of 'Erdogan. Although a statement has reached us [1], the delegates who managed to enter the country were banned from speaking, and blocked in their hotel in Erbil [2].

These denials of democratic expression are accompanied by false statements on the part of Barzani who claims that the delegation is in the pay of the PKK, and guilty of wanting to destabilize the region.

Barzani's betrayal
During this time Macron discusses with Erdogan whose delirium of Greater Turkey goes through the pure and simple destruction of the Kurdish resistance, by the assassination in the middle of Paris nine years ago of three Kurdish activists, by the pressure on Berlin, Paris, Brussels.

This is why the PKK must be seen at the international level for what it really is: the only bulwark against the resurgence of Daesh throughout the region, and against Erdogan's brutal imperialism. Far from being the terrorist organization that Westerners are determined to keep on the European Council's lists, the PKK is the only political, cultural and military entity to dare to stand up to the Turkish ogre, from inside the European Union. Turkey, Syria and Iraq.

It is time for the Europeans to demand that the PKK be removed from the list of terrorist organizations, and to support the Kurdish resistance by all means, denouncing the illegality of Turkish claims on the region and the collaboration of the PDK. Finally, we demand that observers verify the extent of Turkish war crimes and seize international justice on the illegality of their presence in Iraq. The aim of the NATO summit is to obtain a blank check so that Erdogan does what he wants. Ankara's shadow must stop spreading.

Maria (Marseille internationalists solidarity Kurdistan) and Cuervo (UCL Marseille)

To validate

[1] To read on the UCL website, and that of Rojinfo " Declaration of the International Delegation for Peace and Freedom in Kurdistan "

[2] " European delegation prevented from holding press conference in Erbil " on Rojinfo.com.

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