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For the victory of the resistance of the turkish and kurdish popular movements

category western asia | imperialism / war | press release author Monday August 24, 2015 19:22author by embatent - Embat Report this post to the editors

Different spanish and catalan organisations have signed a manifest in solidarity of the present struggle in Kurdistan and Turkey.

As it is already known, turkish Kurdistan (Bakur in kurdish language) has being living a low profile war for several weeks. It is a conflict between, on one side, the turkish state – ruled by the nationalist and islamist party AKP of the president Recep Erdogan – and the kurdish people and the turkish left on the other side. The conflict began under the false pretext of fighting the Islamic State, that as it is known it's been years it operates from Turkey, even with the complicity of the turkish state. Therefore, these operations against the jihadists have turned into an open war against all the leftist opposition, both turkish and kurdish.

The organisations and collectives that sign this document condemn the repression against those towns, districts and communities that refuse to live under an indignant oppressive regime. We are inspired by a profound respect for the capacity of the kurdish and turkish popular movements to carry out a brave resistance, able not only of striking back to the attacks of the turkish armed forces but also to set up popular self-governments, everywhere they can do. In this sense there are several towns, villages and districts that have announced the people's self-government as Varto, Silopi, Silvan, Cirze, Semdinli, Dogubayazit... and some other places that are ruled by a people that refuses to recognise the authority of AKP government, that wants to change the Constitution to hand full power to president Erdogan.

We note that those self-governments are not necessarily meant to remain in time, but are very conscious that their challege will be angrily answered by the turkish state. Those self-governments in some places are popular assemblies, in other BDP and HDP political parties, in other HPG, the kurdish liberation movement guerrillas or in other, as in the rebel neighbourhood in Istambul, Gazi, the same local left revolutionary movement who boosts the counterpower as far as it may be possible. All those examples, and many others, talks loud of what does it mean to be a strong and organised people in every level.

We believe that their exemple of struggle and dignity must be claimed on the same way the european left does with other better known historical events. The conflict has turned into a generalization of local counterpowers that rule their own territory, with the potentiality this implies.

The better way to be solidary is spreading the news of the massacres the turkish government is committing against people as well as denouncing its alliance with Islamic State. We should protest about that as much as we can, and also support humanitarian efforts to that area, refuge of hundreds of thousand people who are running away from the Iraq and Syria wars and who are right now crossing to Greece, therefore creating an scandal in a blind Europe before the serious problems its own imperialist politics of the last years is bringing. Finally, we shoud support the present situation of popular power that we wish it may spread to new areas, as well as we support the hunger strike of the kurdish political prisoners in the turkish prisons.

Signed by:

Embat (organización política, Catalunya)
Rojava Azadi (solidaridad internacionalista, Madrid)
Regeneración Libertaria (proyecto de comunicación social, estado espanyol)
Federación Estudiantil Libertaria (organización estudiantil, estado español)
Assemblea Llibertària del Vallès Oriental (colectivo libertario, Catalunya)
Comitè de Suport al Kurdistan de Granollers i comarca (solidaridad internacionalista, Catalunya)
Can Tonal de Vallbona (proyecto social y comunitario, Catalunya)

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