Global mobilization for Kobani

Via Facebook, Oct. 31:

Global Rally Against ISIS — For Kobanê — For Humanity
ISIS [has] 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.

Therefore a Global Rally against ISIS — for Kobanê — for Humanity is vital.

The so-called international coalition to fight the ISIS, have not helped Kurdish resistance effectively despite witnessing the ongoing genocide committed against Kobanê. They have not fulfilled their real international legal obligations. Some of the countries in the coalition, especially Turkey, are among financial and military supporters of the ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

Therefore a Global Rally against ISIS — for Kobanê — for Humanity is vital.

If the world wants democracy in the Middle East, it should support the Kurdish resistance in Kobanê. Democratic autonomy in Rojava promises a free future for all peoples in Syria. In this regard, the "Rojava Model"—the secular, non-sectarian, democratic position in Rojava—is the model which practices unity in diversity.

Act Now!

We encourage people all over the world to show their solidarity with Kobanê. Go to the streets and demonstrate.

We urge you to join the Global Rally for Kobanê

Support the Resistance against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity!

14 October 2014

Statement issued by Turkey Civic Commission and Peace in Kurdistan.

Signatories include Noam Chomsky, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Argentine Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Peruvian peasant leader Hugo Blanco, and many others.

New York City rally will be at Union Square, Saturday Nov. 1, 3 PM

See our last post on the struggle in Kobani.

Photos of global mobilization for Kobani

The Kurdish Rights website presents photos of the Nov. 1 global mobilization for Kobani from Paris, Valencia, Copenhagen, Perth, Melbourne, Washington DC, Honduras and Afghanistan—and "Amed, Northern Kurdistan (Diyarbakir, Southeastern Turkey)." A shot from Istanbul shows elderly Kurdish women in traditional garb with posters in Turkish, Kurdish, Greek and Arabic. Another shot shows "Amazigh [Berbers] in Morocco in front of the Turkish embassy." We have also received images via Twitter from Afghanistan (presumably Kabul); Mardin, Turkey; and Buenos Aires. A banner at a rally in Balochistan (presumably in Pakistan) reads: "TODAY KURDISTAN, TOMORROW BALOCHISTAN."

Union Square to Kobani

From New York City...


Photo by David Bloom via Facebook

And this one's for you, ISIS...