Hands off Afrin!

The late-breaking invasion of the Afrin region of Kurdistan undertaken by Erdogan’s fascistic regime, threatens only more destruction, massive loss of life and more imperialist chaos in the Middle East. Clustering around this small region, and watching like the vultures they are, all the different imperialist interests stand to the side, waiting to move for their own sordid gains, just like the Prussians and Versailles around the Commune of Paris in 1871.

Of course, this latest war-mongering attempt will be firmly opposed on the ground by the militias of the YPG/SDF, liberated men and women, international volunteers -but with an appreciable difference in weapons, numbers and resources. Growing consciousness of the struggle of Rojava and international volunteers helped turn the tide a great deal in the past few years, and was a significant addition in a moral and material sense. Now is the moment for these seeds to truly blossom and bear fruit, in an international movement of solidarity with the Kurdish liberation struggle, against this fascistic military invasion whose openly-stated goal is to massacre Kurds! We can’t let them stand alone!

With such a call, obviously not everyone can be expected to drop everything and rush off to Kurdistan. But in truth people can help wherever they are from, in a most concrete and practical way. Thus, we call for immediate demonstrations at Turkish embassies and practical and continued actions against symbols of the Turkish state, large Turkish business interests and multinationals, as soon as practically possible- from all those feeling the urge to respond, for all those who want to make revolutionary international solidarity a practical reality. This will help to make more concrete the international links of solidarity that already exist with the Kurdish freedom struggle, and bring them into the field at a critical moment.

Finally we would like to make a special call to the famous activists of Anonymous, as this vibrant network of resistance has been maturing and growing rapidly by leaps and bounds, recently intervening with well-targeted actions on the side of struggles in Catalonia and Greece (to say nothing of prior actions). Our proposal is this: let’s make Afrin the most real and profound test-case for the increasing coordination and coherence of this volunteer global cyber-militia, digital freedom fighters who act as an invaluable ‘worldwide artillery’ support for regions fighting for their independence! Turkish telecoms and internet service providers, banks, governmental websites, the petroleum industry, power grids, airlines, etc.&c (you all know best)- all are targets for economic disruption, to act behind enemy lines and offer material support to Afrin, encircled, bombarded and fighting for its very life. These actions, with perseverance and concentrated, sustained effort, will work to bankrupt the (already malfunctioning and unstable) Erdogan war machine, and rouse the embers of resistance amongst the Turkish population itself.

As was said in the workers’ movement: an injury to one is an injury to all- and so too, a victory for Afrin is a victory for all of us, a blow struck for freedom against military despotism and tyranny!

ROJAVA WAS THE TOMB OF ISIS FASCISM-
AND NOW AFRIN WILL BE THE GRAVE OF ERDOGAN’S FASCIST REGIME!
LONG LIVE KURDISH PEOPLE’S WAR!
REVOLUTIONARY DEFEATISM AND FRATERNIZATION-
TURKISH TROOPS: MUTINY, DESERT, TURN YOUR GUNS AROUND. . .
AND GET READY TO SUPPORT A NEW GEZI PARK INSURRECTION!

-Initiative “Revolutionary Solidarity 2.0”

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