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If #Afrin falls … it will have been too late!

For more than 6 weeks we have had to watch the Turkish state attack and
occupy together with Islamist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaida Afrin, the
most western canton of Rojava. In this extermination campaign, the
invaders are neither deterred by the deliberate bombardment of civilians
nor by the use of chemical weapons. The Islamist mercenaries and fascist
Turkish soldiers leave a trail of devastation, plunder, rape and murder,
they practice an ethnic cleansing of the territory of Kurds. So far,
more than 300 civilians and many militants have given their lives,
dozens of villages have been destroyed and hundreds of thousands of
people have had to leave their homes.

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If Afrin falls … it will have been too late!

For more than 6 weeks we have had to watch the Turkish state attack and
occupy together with Islamist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaida Afrin, the
most western canton of Rojava. In this extermination campaign, the
invaders are neither deterred by the deliberate bombardment of civilians
nor by the use of chemical weapons. The Islamist mercenaries and fascist
Turkish soldiers leave a trail of devastation, plunder, rape and murder,
they practice an ethnic cleansing of the territory of Kurds. So far,
more than 300 civilians and many militants have given their lives,
dozens of villages have been destroyed and hundreds of thousands of
people have had to leave their homes.

Despite the determined resistance of Afrin’s people and their YPG / YPJ
/ SDF defense units, the Turkish army manages to gain more ground every
day. While the Turkish offensive was stuck in the border area of the
canton for the first month, in recent days important small towns such as
Raco and Shera have been conquered by the invaders. Their destination is
Afrin City, the place where civilians have fled the villages and small
towns they have conquered so far.

This is made possible by the massive use of modern NATO technology such
as fighter jets, artillery, tanks and drones. The fascist-Islamist war
of aggression against Afrin is not only Erdogan’s attempt to destroy the
Kurdish freedom movement; While Russia opens the door to the Turkish Air
Force and the Syrian Assad regime is de facto inactive, NATO actively
supports this war with intelligence information, military technology,
weapons and ammunition from Western factories. The hypocritical messages
from the palaces of power can not hide the fact that this war is nothing
but the reckoning of the rulers with the revolution of Rojava. It is a
reckoning with the attempt to counter the capitalist system with a
self-determined alternative of radical democracy, women’s liberation,
real gender equality, and social ecology.

As radical left around the world, we should be aware of the historical
significance of these days. The attack on Afrin is an attempt to destroy
the most promising revolutionary project of our generation. The Rojava
Revolution is not only the only significant emancipatory perspective in
the Middle East, but also one of the worldwide last remaining glimmers
of hope for another world.

Like no other revolution of the last decades, Rojava has inspired us and
shown us how radical and beautiful the struggle for the liberation of a
society can be. The heroic resistance of YPG and YPJ in Kobani and the
self-organization of the population under the initiative of
self-liberating women cast a spell over thousands of leftists,
anarchists, socialists and feminists. Worldwide, this revolution was
discussed, admired and given solidarity, hundreds of people made their
way to Rojava and participated in the resistance against ISIS and the
building of a new society. In spite of all the contradictions, the
Rojava movement, with its determination, its attachment to the people
and the concrete implementation of our utopias, has become the most
important focal point of the global struggle against capitalism,
patriarchy and racism.

Today, this project is standing with its back to the wall. The war over
Afrin is a struggle for existence or not-existence for the revolution in
Rojava. If Afrin falls, Minbij will fall as well. With a victory for the
Turkish state west of the Euphrates, American imperialism will also
rethink its regional strategy and consider to hand over northern Syria
to Turkey-affiliated Islamist militias under the FSA label aka ISIS and
Al-Qaida / Al-Nusra. This would not only be the beginning of ethnic
cleansing and the bloody end of the Rojava revolution, but also the
beginning of a new phase in the development of Turkish fascism as a
source of worldwide Islamism – Erdogan’s dreams of the new Ottoman
Empire with him as Sultan at the head would no longer have any
counterpart. The dictatorship inside would be consolidated for decades,
the colonial expansion would be extended to the outside. The Middle East
would be driven deeper into the chaos of war and annihilation without a
force that can develop an emancipatory alternative.
The fact that developments in the Middle East have a direct impact on
political and social processes also in Europe and other parts of the
world has not only been shown by the attacks of ISIS in recent years.
The rise of racism, sexism and antisemitism in European societies, the
new militarism and the ever-increasing calls for the authoritarian state
and thus the comeback of the radical right, are directly related to
this. We must be aware that the conditions under which we, the radical
left, are struggling in the centers of power are also shaped by the
international balance of power. And the same is true of the political
conditions in the metropolises of capitalism, which influence the
conditions under which our friends fight in Afrin.

The people of Rojava are still standing, YPG / YPJ / SDF are opposed to
these developments. And this resistance has so far only been successful
because people have decided to give everything for it. However, they
will not be able to defend against the brutal superiority of the
attacking Turkish army and their Islamist helpers without international
support. But despite weeks of worldwide protests, the states of North
America via Europe to Russia hold on to their cruel decision to end this
revolution, and seem to have sealed the fate of the people in Rojava.
The resistance in Afrin will only succeed if we are ready to give it
all, even if it is the most valuable.

We will not continue to watch this injustice passively. We will not
leave the people in Rojava and our fighting comrades alone, because the
war against Afrin is just as much a war against us. The Turkish attack
on Afrin is NATO’s political, economic and military push into the heart
of our revolutionary struggles, dreams and hopes. We will carry this war
back to where it is approved, supported, legitimized and produced. We
will drive up the costs for those who benefit from this war. We will
hold to account those who endorse the murder of civilians and legitimize
them as a supposed “war on terror”. And we will make the deafened
European public listen up and remind our societies that we all have a
responsibility for what governments are doing on our behalf.

In this sense, we call upon all emancipatory forces worldwide to break
the silence and give a voice to the people of Rojava that no one else
can ignore. If not us, who else will be able to remind our societies of
their responsibilities? The situation in Afrin is an existential threat
to all our revolutionary perspectives – when, if not now, is it time to
risk everything? If Afrin falls, it will be too late. Only if we give
everything, we will be able to win everything.

The past solidarity actions with the resistance in Afrin have been right
and good. We greet all the comrades who have been organizing,
demonstrating and carrying out direct actions for weeks. These were
important moments, but they are not enough. In the current situation,
the murderous silence and the support of fascist Turkey by the
international community forces us to other means. We must exercise our
right of self-defense of our hopes.

Direct actions can not only be a concrete intervention in the war and
propaganda machinery of the Turkish state and its helpers, but have much
more potential to draw attention to the extraordinary urgency of the
situation. Burning Turkish embassies and consulats, sabotaged armaments
companies and mass militant actions against the symbols of capitalist
and imperialist rule will break the silence and make the atrocities of
Turkish fascism no longer ignorable. The system in Europe thrives on us
to engage and stun, to pacify conflicts and contradictions – let this
false illusion of social peace go up in flames. Let us show the rulers
that we will resist the attacks with the people of Rojava and defend by
all means the revolution in Rojava, which is also our revolution.

We call on Monday, 12.3.2018 to start with this militant campaign
wherever we can hit the rulers: Radical, creative and courageous,
involve you and organize local actions as a prelude to a resistance that
will show the powerful of this world that Afrin is not alone. Like the
people of Rojava, we also say: “Together we will fight, together we will
lose, or together we will win”.

Afrin will not fall!

Biji Berxwedana Afrin!

Long live the international solidarity!

Radical cells in the heart of the beast
3/8/2018

We will collect all direct actions in solidarity with the Afrin
resistance and possible targets at: fight4afrin.noblogs.org

Contact: fight4afrin[at]riseup.net (PGP Key here: https://fight4afrin.noblogs.org/contact/)


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2 thoughts on “If #Afrin falls … it will have been too late!

  1. May Freedom Prevail!

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