NATIONAL AFRIN DEMO: DEFEND AFRIN, BRING ANNA HOME

Join the National Demonstration against Turkey's invasion and occupation of Afrin!

When: 2pm, Saturday 31st March 2018

Where: Meet at Marble Arch station marching to Parliament Square

TURKEY IS MURDERING CIVILIANS IN AFRIN

UK GOVERNMENT IS COMPLICIT IN WAR CRIMES INCLUDING KILLING OF UK CITIZEN ANNA CAMPBELL

On January 20th, the Turkish state launched an unprovoked war of aggression on the peaceful people of Afrin in north western Syria. The cross-border invasion of majority Kurdish Afrin is a violation of international law.

So far, hundreds of civilians have been murdered in the air strikes deliberately targeting civilian areas. On 15th March when her YPJ convoy was targeted by Turkish airstrikes, British citizen and YPJ volunteer Anna Campbell was killed. Attempts to recover her body came under fire from Turkey and Turkish-backed militias - we need a ceasefire now to bring Anna home to her family.

The Turkish president Erdogan is recruiting al Qaeda-affiliated murderers who indiscriminately kill, loot, and terrorise the civilian population, and are even recording their own war crimes. At the moment, 1 million civilians are under threat of a genocide. NATO’s second largest army is bombarding civilians with European weapons.

Erdogan repeatedly stated that his war of aggression will not end in Afrin, but “cleanse” the north of Syria and return the lands to its “rightful owners”. He uses the language of ethnic cleansing against the Kurdish people, who are the native population of the region.

The Kurdish people have been the only group on the ground to resist and eventually defeat the barbaric attacks of the so-called Islamic State. When ISIS was murdering, raping, crucifying and torturing civilians at the Syrian-Turkish border, Turkey remained silent, whilst directly and indirectly supporting ISIS.

Before Turkey’s war, Afrin was the only peaceful and stable part of Syria, untouched by the violence that spiralled the rest of the country into chaos and destruction. It was home to many internally displaced people who were forced to flee from the attacks by the Assad regime, ISIS and similar groups, now recruited by Turkey. Afrin, which is a canton of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS) is part of a grassroots-democratic, secular, gender egalitarian popular revolution that has managed to defeat the ISIS attacks, while creating a peaceful and democratic society. Women have achieved historic gains in the process. This system is now under attack.

Shamefully, the British government continues to offer support to the Turkish state, claiming that Turkey has a right to defend its borders. Recently, British Prime Minister Theresa May signed a major arms deal with the Turkish state, despite evidence of Turkey’s use of weapons on civilians, as pointed out by the United Nations.

We demand:

  • Stop Turkey’s Invasion of Afrin
  • Immediate ceasefire to retrieve the body of fallen YPJ volunteer Anna Campbell to return her home to her family in Sussex 
  • Stop UK arms trade to Turkey and other anti-human regimes in the Middle East
  • Independent investigation into war crimes in Afrin and humanitarian support for civilians in Syria

 

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