Turkey's aerial bombardment of Afrin, the Kurdish canton in Northern Syria, started on Saturday. Over half of Afrin's population are internally displaced people and as a result of the Turkish air strikes and shelling, 13 civilian fatalities have been recorded along with the injury of 23 others including women and children.
Turkey is a NATO ally of the UK and just 2 weeks ago Liam Fox visited Turkey to build on Theresa May's £100 million fighter jet trade deal. Boris Johnson has shamefully put out a statement in defence of Turkey's aggressive, unprovoked aerial bombardment that will serve only to open a new, dangerous front in the Syrian civil war and strengthen Turkish backed terrorists including al-Qaeda and ISIS against whom Kurdish forces have been fighting. In the past few years, seven UK citizens have died fighting with the Kurdish forces against ISIS. One, Ryan Lock, was injured when his unit was struck by the Turkish military.
Join us for this EMERGENCY meeting to discuss how to pressure the UK government and expose Turkey's war crimes to the public, who would be horrified to know the reality and extent of the UK's support for Turkey.
Meeting hosted by Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Labour MP & Member of Committee on Arms Export Controls)
Alan Semo (PYD respresentative to UK)
Chris Hazzard (Sinn Féin MP for South Down)
Murad Qureshi (Labour London Assembly Member & Chair of Stop the War Coalition)
Rohash Shexo (activist from Afrin with Kongra Star Rojava Women's Organisation)
Elif Sarican (Kurdistan Students' Union UK)
Chris Nineham (National Officer, Stop the War Coalition)
PLEASE bring some form of ID - passport, driving license, etc. as a precaution. This has been requested by the Sergeant-at-arms in parliament. It might also be useful to have these event details on your phone to show security upon entry.
Please arrive with plenty of time to get through the airport-style security at Portcullis House. PCH is situated adjacent to the Thames across the street from the Houses of Parliament, take a left turn out of Westminster tube station and you'll find the entrance around the corners (it is clearly signposted from the station). The meeting will be held in the Thatcher Room.
- January 24, 2018 at 6pm – 8pm
London SW1A 2JR
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