Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement

9
Oct 2019

Call to Action: Solidarity With Rojava Against the Turkish Invasion

Solidarity with Rojava
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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

Atlanta Antifascists

The Autonomous University of Political Education

The Base

Bay Area Mesopotamia Solidarity Committee

Black Rose Anarchist Federation - Los Angeles Local

Breakaway Social Center

Cooperation Jackson

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

David Graeber

Industrial Workers of the World - Atlanta

Inhabit

Kali Akuno

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)

Rojava Montréal

Seattle Rising Tide

Soflaexit (Soflaexit.com)

Tar Sands Blockade

The Teardown Community

Voices in Movement

A World Without Police