Picket To Highlight The Plight Of The Kurdish People On World Kobane Day – November 1st

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This Sunday, 1st November 2015.

2PM at the International Wall, Falls Road, West Belfast

The determined resistance of Kurdish men and women fighting with the gallant Y.P.G and Y.P.J in Rojava (northern Syria) has inspired people all over the world as they successfully repelled the siege of their town Kobane by the Islamic State (ISIS) in January 2015. Their fight became a symbol of popular resistance to the merciless violence and horrendous atrocities committed by ISIS.

In response, an urgent international call for a global day of action for Kobane was launched, appealing to people all over the world to show solidarity with Kobane and for humanitarian and material assistance to be provided. ISIS destroyed large parts of Kobane and the reconstruction has been slow due to lack of international support, Turkey’s embargo, and the continuous threat posed by ISIS.

Urgently, a humanitarian corridor from Turkey to Kobane must be set up to facilitate aid to flow through. Pressure therefore needs to be brought on the AKP government. The tragic truth is that the death of the Kurdish toddler Alan Kurdi whose body washed up on Bodrum’s shores and shocked the world, might never have happened if the people of Kobane had received proper assistance from the international community a year ago.

Any progressive stance from the fascist AKP regime in Turkey remains unlikely, at a time when agents of the Turkish State attacked peaceful protestors at a rally for peace in Ankara in September, when suicide bombers struck and murdered 97 people in Turkey’s capital city. The hate shown towards the Kurdish people from top to bottom of the far right groups and government officials has worryingly been on the rise in recent months. Added to this, the Turkish regime have also been shelling the Kurdish resistance, sometimes as they have been engaging in battle with the savages of Islamic State. The question must be asked… What side is the AKP regime really on in the fight against ISIS.

The I.R.S.P urges the reader to educate him/herself on the plight and struggle of the Kurdish people for freedom and justice. We also call upon other leftist groups in Ireland to join us in celebrating the resistance of all peoples in Rojava, in showing solidarity with the PKK, leftist activists and Kurds in Turkey who will not be intimidated into backing down in the November 1st Turkish elections despite the murderous actions of the Turkish state.

Source: Vol Matt McLarnon IRSP Cumann, W/Belfast

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