Statement by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
I went to many demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin in Germany, but yesterdays demonstration in Strasbourg, France was the first time I went to a demonstration in a city where Kurdish symbols and flags are not forbidden. That made a big difference.
On February 17 we received this powerpoint presentation about the situation in Afrin. Feel free to download, spread or to use it on your info event. Warning: some of the images are graphic and may be disturbing for some of our readers.
On March 3 there will be a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Berlin. People from across Germany will come to Berlin and the difference with many other demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin is that many German organizations and initiatives are also calling for the demonstration. This comes after German police authorities again and again demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin and police authorities in Cologne even announced that they will ban all future demonstrations that are organized by the Kurdish NAV_DEM association. Immediately after the announcement by the police authorities in Cologne, Facebook started to censor postings on the NAV-DEM Facebook page.
In Germany police forces again repressed demonstrations of the Kurdish movement. Many people took the streets in several German cities yesterday to protest for the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan (who was captured on February 15, 1999) and in solidarity with Afrin. Cops in Hannover banned chants, banners and flags.
The internationalist fighters in Rojava said that they will defend Afrin against fascist Turkish regime’s invasion attacks. Video interview.
On Tuesday February 13th activists protested in front of arms manufacturer Northtrop Grumman Litef GmbH in Freiburg Germany.
Today it’s 19 years ago that Abdullah Öcalan was arrested. Statement by the International Initiative “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan – Peace in Kurdistan”: On the 19th anniversary of his abduction we demand: Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan. On February 17th there will be a transnational demonstration in Strasbourg, France.
About 500 people marched in solidarity with Afrin in the city center of Wuppertal, Germany last night. Cops confiscated YPJ and YPG flags before the start of the demo and even wouldn’t allow 3 bags with the characters YPG (image above). Police authorities in Cologne will ban all demonstrations of the Kurdish association NAV-DEM.
Statement from antifascist forces in Afrin from February 13.
Activists occupied the party offices of the Social Democratiy Party (SPD) in Hamburg yesterday. The activists hung up a banner at the front of the building with the text: “Blood on your hands!” Riot cops cleared the building, detaining two activists. German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall is pressing ahead another arms deal with the Turkish state. with For todays demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Wuppertal, Germany police authorities banned all flags with Kurdish colours.
After cops stopped and dissolved a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Cologne on January 27 and only allowed a stationary gathering on February 3 in Dortmund, they banned todays demonstrations in Cologne and Duisburg completely. In Duisburg at least 2 people were detained today. All these authoritarian and repressive measures took place in the German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). On Tuesday there will be another demo in solidarity with Afrin in NRW, this time in Wuppertal (February 13, 18:00, in front of the City-Arkaden).