Thousands gather in London to ‘Rise up for Rojava’

Thousands gather in London to ‘Rise up for Rojava’

Twenty thousand trade unionists, anti-fascists, feminists and socialists came together in central London on Sunday the 13th of October to show their collective anger at Turkish President Erdogan's criminal invasion of Northern Syria and to show their solidarity with the Kurds and their allies. The London event mirrored similar demonstrations which took place around the world under the banner ‘Rise up for Rojava’.  Rise up for Rojava Turkeys invasion of Northern Syria has led to hundreds of civilian casualties, numerous war crimes including the killing of human rights activist and politician Hevrin Khalaf and a resurgence of ISIS and other…
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Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds widely condemned

Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds widely condemned

Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds. In a move, which has shocked the international community US president Trump has betrayed the Kurds of Northern Syria by withdrawing US ground troops which act as a buffer against an expansionist genocidal Turkish state. It is now almost inevitable that Turkey will expand its policy of ethnic cleansing and displacement which it began in the Afrin canton to the entire Syria border region and perhaps much deeper into Syrian territory. 18,000 ISIS combatants likely to escape This cowardly act, seemingly on the whim of President Trump who has personal property interests in Istanbul, came…
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Is Turkey a democracy?

Is Turkey a democracy?

Is Turkey a democracy? Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nobel Prize for Peace recipient,  Nora Cortinas, Mother of the Plaza de Mayo and Beverly Keene, Coordinator of Dialogo 2000, Argentina have issued a joint statement condemning the arrests of more than 500 in Turkey. Many are asking, is Turkey a democracy? After the Turkish President Erdogan arrested hundreds of political opponents and overturned huge democratic mandates to remove Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Mayors, Council Members and employees in Diyarbakir, Mardin and Vans South and Eastern Turkey on Monday 19th of August 2019. The arrest of political leaders from HDP is unacceptable This…
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The Mandela of the Middle East

The Mandela of the Middle East

First of all thanks to everyone who has taken part in or supported the work our unions are undertaking in the campaign to win freedom for Abdullah Öcalan who is a political prisoner in Turkey and who we have rightly described as “the Nelson Mandela of the Middle East”. UK Labour movement working hard for Öcalan’s freedom The UK Trade Union movement is working hard to win freedom for Öcalan and Unite has been proud to play a key role in this campaign and I believe has been instrumental in securing some improvements in regard to Öcalan’s incarceration. Having been…
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