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(en) Czech, AFED: Letter from the village of Jinwar, speaking at a demonstration against the Turkish invasion of Syria. [machine translation]

Date Thu, 7 Nov 2019 09:25:01 +0200

Here is the text of the letter that was heard on Saturday's demonstration on World Resistance Day against the Turkish invasion of Turkey. It was written by women from the north-Syrian village of Jinwar, a haven for women and children: ---- Dear women all over the world who are fighting for peace, freedom and justice, dear friends in the fight against fascism and patriarchy. ---- On the occasion of World Resistance Day for Rojava, we send you our most heartfelt greetings right from the heart of the Resistance in Rojava. Since the beginning of the Turkish invasion, our turbulent collective struggle to defend Rojava and the goals of the women's revolution has continued on all fronts, in all parts of the world. We would like to express our deepest love and respect to our sisters and friends who fought in the front line of the YPJ / YPG and SDF against the cruel and inhuman violence of the Turkish army and their jihadist military forces. We salute all women and people of different communities in North and East Syria, in all parts of Kurdistan and the Middle East, in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, Latin America and North America who have united their hearts and deeds to support resistance to Turkish fascist attacks to Rojava.

Thanks to your solidarity actions, we have learned about the other struggles that women and oppressed people must fight in all parts of the world against occupation, oppression, fascism, dictatorships and violence against women. In the last 24 hours we have gained strength and inspiration from each of them and we see them as the basis of our common victory. We have again convinced ourselves that we are fighting together against the same enemy: a capitalist patriarchal system that seeks to create from the world every alternative based on collective human values, female culture, justice and the ecological understanding of life. This is what we defend here in Rojava, and it is the thing that connects us all.

In the face of Turkish aggression and hostility towards our lives, our communities and the country, and to women's will and freedom, we issued the Women's Declaration: Let us immediately stop the Turkish occupation war against eastern and western Syria! To date, 1930 human rights defenders, academics, artists, politicians and activists from various social movements have signed this declaration. In this way, we were able to connect the creative women's action movement around the world. Our aim was to force the UN and the global community to take immediate action against Turkish genocide and violence against women.

Although the Turkish attack has been condemned by the public and various powers have negotiated ceasefire agreements with Turkey, the Turkish war campaign against eastern and western Syria continues. We have repeatedly been convinced that sexist violence and numerous rape are part of this campaign. The torture and execution of a female revolutionary supporter Hevrin Chalaf, the crippling and sexist abuse of the YPJ Amary Renas warrior's body, and the kidnapping of civilians and wounded YPJ members threatened by rape and beheading are just some examples of Turkey's war against free will and organized female power. War devastation, occupation, threats of further violence against women and genocide persist.

Today, we have resubmitted our declaration with all its signatures - we urge its addressees to prevent further crimes against humanity by immediately launching airspace closure actions over northern and eastern Syria for the Turkish Air Force and ensuring the retreat of Turkish occupiers from Syrian territory. The representation and participation of women and people's representatives of the various national, cultural and religious Syrian communities must continue to be ensured. Only in this way can we secure peace, women's rights and democracy in Syria. We must upset the dirty machinations for profit and play by the colonial powers by forcing them to accept the fundamental human rights that have been gained through the international struggles of the people.

To achieve this and to defend the women's revolution, we will continue and strengthen our organized struggle in Rojava as part of the global struggle against patriarchy and fascism. One day after World Kobane Day, we will join forces on World Resistance Day for Rojava. Five years ago, we were able to achieve the impossible when, through international solidarity, we broke the siege of Kobane by ISIS fascism. Today we will achieve the impossible by defeating Erdogan's fascism through our united resistance throughout the world.

That is why we call on all women and people who love freedom to join us and strengthen our fight against fascism everywhere!

Defend Rojava and spread the women's revolution around the world!

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