Rallies set take place across the world in the biggest show of international solidarity for Kobane yet

 

PRESS RELEASE

31 October 2014

Thousands are expected to gather in London’s Trafalgar Square this Saturday following a global call for action by signed hundreds of internationally renowned academics, writers, lawyers politicians and activists.[1] The final list of signatories is attached.

The rally, which will take place from 2pm until 5pm, has been organised in solidarity with the defence of Kobane, a city in the democratic autonomous region of Western Kurdistan in Syria (Rojava) which has been the scene of a fierce battle with ISIS militants in recent weeks. Continue reading

Kurdish News Weekly Briefing, 25 – 31 October 2014

International Call Leads To Global Day Of Action For Kobane And For Humanity

Join us for a rally in London on Trafalgar Square on 1 November 2-5pm!

Hundreds of individuals and organisations representing thousands of members from across the world have signed an urgent call for action appealing to people all over the world to show solidarity with Kobane, which is still under siege by ISIS and facing the possibility of a genocide.

Renowned Palestinian singer and musician Reem Kelani records a message in solidarity with the people of Kobane.

NEWS
1. KCK calls for strong participation in Kobanê demos worldwide
2. PKK: AK Party has already ended settlement process
3. Remarkable video shows ISIS fighters strolling right up Turkish border checkpoint for a relaxing chat with guards  Continue reading

PYD: Kobani will remain a symbol for the defense of human values

PYD STATEMENT

1.11.14


Kobani, the small city on the Syria-Turkey border, forms a part of the civilization of Mesopotamia and is inspired by the long-standing human values that came into existence in Mesopotamia.

During the Syrian people’s revolution, Kobani was the first area in the West of Kurdistan (Rojava) that was liberated from control of the Baath regime. Practically, that was the first step toward establishing the democratic system in Rojava. This system has the potential to offer a model for a future democratic, pluralistic and decentralised Syria. Kobani became a safe haven for Syrian IDPs who fled their homes during the bloody civilian war. As a result, Kobani has become a target of the enemies of democracy, freedom and the values of humanity. Continue reading

International Call Leads To Global Day Of Action For Kobane And For Humanity

kobane rally

PRESS STATEMENT

28 October 2014

Join us for a rally in London on Trafalgar Square on 1 November 2-5pm!

Hundreds of individuals and organisations representing thousands of members from across the world have signed an urgent call for action appealing to people all over the world to show solidarity with Kobane, which is still under siege by ISIS and facing the possibility of a genocide.[1]

Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 18 – 24 October 2014

NEWS
1. Islamic State: Turkey to let Iraq Kurds join Kobane fight
2. Turkey says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria
3. PYD leader says no deal yet on passage of FSA fighters to Kobani
4. Watch The Harrowing Story Of A Yazidi Woman Fighting Back Against ISIS
5. Islamic State foiled in attempt to kidnap Syrian rebel leader in Turkey
6. Turkey’s Pivotal Role in Syria’s Insurgency: PressTV Report from Inside Turkey
7. Death of American Journalist Serena Shim Possibly an Intelligence Hit
8. Exclusive!  Terrorizing the ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq: Mystery of the “White Shroud” group
9. The Kurdish-Turkish Resolution Process—Repression in Turkey—The fight against ISIS and the revolution in Kobanê and Rojava
10. Denmark releases 10 in PKK funding case
11. Bernard-Henri Lévy: PKK must be removed from the terrorist list
12. European Left going to Kobanê border
13. Southern Californians Rally in Solidarity with Kobani; Condemn IS and Turkey Continue reading

URGENT CALL FOR ACTION: Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity!

Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity!
Date for the Global Rally: 1 November 2014, 2pm

ISIS launched a major multi-front military campaign against the Kurdish region of Kobanê in northern Syria. This is the third ISIS onslaught on Kobanê since March 2014. As the ISIS was unsuccessful on the two previous occasions, they are attacking with larger forces and want to take Kobanê.

In January this year, the Kurds in western Kurdistan (Rojava) established local administrations in the form of three cantons. One of the three cantons formed is Kobanê. The Turkish border is to the north of Kobanê and all the other sides are surrounded by ISIS-controlled territories. The ISIS has approached the Kobanê borders, using US made heavy weapons. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are threatened by the most brutal genocide in modern history. The people of Kobanê are trying to resist using basic weapons against the most brutal attacks of ISIS terrorists, with only the assistance of People’s Protection Unit in Western-Kurdistan, the YPG and YPJ, but without any international help. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 11 – 17 October 2014

NEWS
1. Turkish jets bombard Kurdish positions
2. Turkey bombs Kurdish rebel targets in southeast
3. Turkey Bombs Anti-ISIS Kurds Inside Its Own Borders
4. People flock to border to join the vigil after crackdown by troops
5. Syrian Kurds on hunger strike over detention by Turkish forces
6. Turkey to expel detained Kobane Kurds to Syria: MP
7. Turkey outlines locations for potential safe zone in Syria
8. Syria warns Turkish government against a possible intervention
7. ‘Turkey is supporting IS’ ~ Mecdel Eseed, Arabic Patriotic Group
8. Kurdish Rebels Assail Turkish Inaction on ISIS as Peril to Peace Talks
9. KRG recognizes Rojava’s cantons
10. YPG Spokesman Can: We are Working with the Coalition against ISIS Continue reading

5,000 in London join global demonstrations in support of Kobane

Reel News documents last weekends huge demonstration in central London in solidarity with the resistance of the people of Kobane. Speakers on the day included Stop the War Coalition’s John Rees, Peace in Kurdistan’s David Morgan and Memed Aksoy, member of the Kurdish People’s Assembly.

Revolutionary Anarchist Action-DAF: “Revolution will win in Kobane!”

Original source here

Our Comrades in Boydê Village Reports

It’s the 24th day of ISIS attacks on Kobanê. While people’s defending forces in all border villages are on human shield sentry for Kobanê against attacks, everyone, everywhere in the region we live, rised up not to let Kobanê fall.

We have been on human shield sentry for around three weeks in Boydê village west of Kobanê. In the last two days, explosions and sounds of clashes got intense in Kobanê’s outer districts and town center. During this period of intense clashes, military forces increased their attacks on human shield sentries at border villages. Soldiers of Turkish State has been attacking with gas bombs to those who approach the border from both sides, including the village that we are in, which was attacked on Tuesday. Soldiers also used live ammunition from time to time in their attacks and wounded people. Continue reading

UNISON branch declares support for Rojava

The South Lanarkshire Branch of UNISON recently passed a motion in support of the Rojava initiative and in solidarity with the defence of Kobane. The motion is below in full.

ROJAVA

This meeting expresses its concern at the events in Syria in recent times with the bloodshed and violence resulting in thousands of deaths and displacement of people throughout the country. We note that in Rojava attempts have been made to establish an inclusive, non-sectarian and democratic self-rule since the Assad’s army was forced to withdraw over two years ago. We wish to express our support for the people of Rojava in their effort to build a peaceful community where all people, Kurds, Arabs, Alevis, Shia, Sunni, Christians and others can live and work together and contribute to peaceful change across Syria. Continue reading

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