Call to Action: Solidarity With Rojava Against the Turkish Invasion
On October 6, the Trump administration announced it was pulling US troops out of northern Syria, essentially giving Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a green light to invade Rojava, carry out ethnic cleansing, and forcibly resettle the area. We are calling for people around the world to engage in protest and/or disruption at Turkish consulates, US government offices, arms manufacturers, and businesses connected with the Turkish government, such as Turkish Airlines.
Since 2012, the autonomous region of Rojava has hosted an inspiring multi-ethnic experiment in self-determination and women’s autonomy, all while fighting the Islamic State (ISIS). After years of struggle, despite sustaining massive casualties, fighters from Rojava participated in liberating all of the territory that ISIS had occupied and freeing those who had been held captive in ISIS strongholds.
In an attempt to justify permitting Turkey to invade Syria, Trump has tweeted that US taxpayers should not have to pay to keep ISIS fighters detained. In fact, the US has not paid a cent to detain captured ISIS fighters; that has been completely organized by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The reality is that the Turkish invasion of Kurdish territory will create the conditions for ISIS to reemerge and resume operations in Syria and around the world. For years, Turkey has permitted weapons, recruits, and resources to reach ISIS through its borders.
Both ISIS and the Turkish invasion pose an existential threat to all the ethnic and religious groups indigenous to the region, including Arabs, Christians (Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Syriacs), Turkmens, Chechens, Alevites, and Yazidis. Many of these groups have gained a voice in their own lives for the first time, yet now face massacre at the hands of the Turkish military and the jihadists.
Turkey’s invasion of Rojava sets a new precedent for military aggression, ethnic cleansing, and the destruction of egalitarian and feminist experiments like the one in Rojava. It sets the stage for more bloodshed and oppression everywhere around the world, paving the way for ethno-nationalist autocrats like Trump, Erdoğan, Bashar al-Assad, Jair Bolsonaro, and Vladimir Putin to dominate world politics for generations to come.
For months, people in Rojava have called for international solidarity in the event of an invasion. We must bring attention to the plight of the people in Rojava and make it known that there will be consequences for this.
To keep silent is to be complicit.
We call on all people of good conscience to engage in protest and disruption at Turkish consulates, US government offices, arms manufacturers, and businesses connected with the Turkish government, such as Turkish Airlines. The Rojava Solidarity Committee Europe has joined organizers in Rojava in calling for a day of action on October 12 against the Turkish invasion; we endorse this call, and call for further actions before and after October 12.
We need to build a context for broad-based direct action as a step towards building a global movement that can make such atrocities impossible. Together, we can stop the invasion.
See you in the streets.
Companies complicit in Turkey’s war machine: https://boycott-turkey.net/corporate-complicity/
Endorsements / Participating Groups: Coordination for the Defense of Rojava
Antifascists of the Seven Hills
Antifascistas Belo Horizonte - Brazil
The Autonomous University of Political Education
Bay Area Mesopotamia Solidarity Committee
Black Rose Anarchist Federation - Los Angeles Local
Breakaway Social Center
CrimethInc. Workers’ Collective
The Dandelion Network
Democratic Socialists of America - Communist Caucus
Ricardo Dominguez, Associate Professor, UCSD
The Fayer Collective
The Final Straw
Frontline Organization Working to End Racism (FLOWER)
Flyover Social Center
Industrial Workers of the World - Atlanta
Kasa Invisível Belo Horizonte - Brazil
It’s Going Down
Dr. Ian Alan Paul, Assistant Professor of Emerging Media at Stony Brook University
Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement- Elm City
Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement - NYC
Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism (ROAR Collective)
Seattle Rising Tide
Tar Sands Blockade
The Teardown Community
Voices in Movement
A World Without Police