GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS for Kobane for Humanity
The Global Rally was a tremendous success and exceeded expectations – it was huge example of global solidarity which saw hundreds of thousands of people all over the world taking to the streets to participate in demonstrations in support of the Kurds and Kobanê. It represented a clear and unambiguous call for a worldwide recognition of the “democratic autonomy project” in Rojava which promises a free and democratic future for all the peoples of Syria.
Peaceful rallies and demonstrations were organised in a total of 206 cities covering 40 countries and across five continents. Demonstrations also took place in all parts of Kurdistan. The Turkish government tried to interfere but the protesters did not allow themselves to be provoked.
This was the first time that mass demonstrations in support of the Kurds have been organised worldwide simultaneously. This global united stand conveyed the strong message that the world should fight ISIS and all dark forces associated with it and instead promote freedom and human dignity.
We would therefore like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the signatories to the Global Call, Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity!, among them Professor Noam Chomsky, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Adolfo Erez Esquivel, Dario Fo, and Jose Ramos-Horta, former President of East Timor, plus hundreds more individuals; also to organisations, NGOs, parliamentarians, politicians, political parties, trade unions, and each and every one who lent their signatures and took part in these demonstrations. Your contributions are not solely an act of solidarity with Kobanê, the Kurds and Rojava; rather this is an act of global cooperation for democracy, humanity and equality.
We sincerely hope that the solidarity that you have shown to the courageous fighters and residents of Kobanê will grow even stronger in future. The Kurdish Defence Units need our continued support.
So thank you once again for your important participation, your support and solidarity on the Global Day of Action for Kobane.
EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC)
Kariane Westrheim, Chair
Prof Dr Michael Gunter, Secretary General