Sunday 1st November 2015
London march: 1pm, gather outside Haringey Civic Centre, High Road Wood Green, N22
London Rally: 2pm at the Kurdish Community Centre (KCC), 11 Portland Gardens, London N4 1HU. Nearest station: Haringey Green Lanes (Overground); Manor House (Piccadilly line)
With speeches, music, and festivities!
Activists from across the world have come together in a huge joint effort calling for action for Kobane on the 1st November 2015. Exactly one year since the last global call for action spurred hundreds of rallies, demos and actions across dozens of countries, and months after the worst of the siege, humanitarian aid is still being blocked from entering the city and people are in urgent need of basic medical supplies, food, and clothing. This appeal calls for a humanitarian corridor to be opened up and for the freedom and reconstruction of the city, and has support from prominent individuals such as Prof. Noam Chomsky, Reem Kelani and Dr. Binayak Sen.
Calling for freedom for Kobane and Rojava is our response to the state-sponsored terrorism that has engulfed Turkey’s southeast since the end of July this year. It is our response to the vilification and arrests of HDP members and MPs in Turkey and the silencing of Kurdish democratic politics. It is our response to Turkey’s illegal cross-border military operations against the PKK, undertaken in full view of the international community. Building a free Kobane in a democratic confederalist Rojava is building peace in the face of structural violence.
It is time to talk peace and to act for peace. Supporting Kobane is to support peace.
“We stand together once more to show our solidarity with the Kurdish people of Iraq and Syria and we call for the freedom and reconstruction of Kobane. The Kurds stand on the front line of the world’s struggle against the militancy of ISIS. They deserve our support.
I also call on the Turkish government to abandon its latest campaign against the Kurds and to embrace Kurdish cultural and political identity. As Palestinians facing the annihilation of our collective consciousness, culture, land and being, we, the people, give our support freely and proudly.”
— Reem Kelani, Palestinian singer, musicologist and broadcaster
Want to take part? Let us know what actions you are taking to support the call for freedom for Kobane!