Žižkov streets changed names, newly remembering victims of the Turkish invasion

On the night of Friday to Saturday, the Rojava Revolution Defence Committee (VORR) symbolically renamed six Prague streets. These are newly named by the people killed in the invasion of Turkey and by its jihadist militias, into the region of northern Syria, commonly known as Rojava. Overlapping the original street names, VORR joined the international day of solidarity with the swarming resistance of Rojava against authoritarianism, fanaticism and the expansive nationalism of the Turkish regime.

“We renamed the names of Zizkov streets because we feel sadness and anger in the face of the power pecks and tanks stomping a unique attempt to build a radical-democratic society in the Middle East while the West is watching quietly. The streets are newly bearing names of murdered progressive Kurdish politician Hevrin Chalaf or international volunteers killed alongside the Kurdish YPG and YPJ militias,” Adéla Mračková from VORR explains.

The event, however, is primarily dedicated to the memory of those whose names never penetrate the Western media. “Due to the Turkish occupation of Rojava territory, many local defenders and civilians were killed. Hundreds of thousands of people had to flee in fear of air raids and atrocities perpetrated by mercenary and Islamist groups, which Turkey – although still a NATO member – uses as dispensable first-line troops,” adds Mračková.

By the end of winter 2018, VORR was formed by a broad coalition of Prague-based autonomous-left groups. Platform have organized the largest Czech demonstrations against the Turkish invasion and launched a boycott campaign under the slogan “Holidays? Certainly not in Turkey”. VORR is appealing to Czech government officials to prevent exports of military supplies to Turkey and to promote political and economic sanctions on the international level. In addition, it advocates ideas put into practice in Rojava, such as democracy from below, female emancipation, ethnic and religious tolerance and ecology.

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At 4pm on October 9th, the Turkish occupation army and its Islamist allies began their long-prepared war of aggression against the liberated areas of northern Syria.

At four o’clock sharp in the afternoon, bombs rained down on people in towns and villages on the border. Jihadist militias began their advance under the leadership of the Turkish army and tried to penetrate into the border area. Turkey is talking about a “military operation” aimed at “securing the border” and establishing a so-called “peace corridor”, but the fact is that the Turkish army and the Islamist mercenaries under its command are concerned with nothing less than the occupation of the mostly Kurdish populated entire area along the Turkish-Syrian border. The regime in Ankara speaks of the “fight against terrorism” and emphasizes that their war of aggression is not about the war on the civilian population, but indiscriminate bombing of civilian settlements, looting and mass deportations of hundreds of thousands of people, arbitrary executions and the brutal abduction of hundreds of civilians speak a different language. The further the war against northern Syria progresses, the more it becomes clear, what Erdogan is really about, namely ethnic cleansing through the violent expulsion of millions of people and the long-term demographic change of the entire region.

In the north of Syria, in the shadow of the Syrian civil war, a revolutionary and democratic social project has thrived in the past seven years that has been a thorn in the side of the region’s powers and imperialist states from the very beginning. The societies of Northeastern Syria established their own self-government and created an oasis of peace, based on the equal coexistence of all groups of the local population, the liberation of women, an ecological economy and radical democracy. The Democratic Federation of Northeast Syria has become a living example of a peaceful and democratic future for the Middle East, beyond local despotism and foreign rule. Finally, the defense forces of the peoples of northeastern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces, succeeded in smashing the last remnants of the Turkish-based IS caliphate.

Today, Islamist militias, most of them fighters of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, are advancing again with the Turkish occupation offensive in northern Syria and spreading fear and terror. The states of the International Coalition, above all the United States of America, have paved the way for the Turkish war of aggression with their coordinated withdrawal of troops. They gave away their former allies to destruction and sacrificed the peoples of northeastern Syria to their filthy interests. The states of the world have agreed to close their eyes while the Turkish occupation army and its jihadists are committing a genocide with NATO weapons.

But we will not stand by and witness in silence the massacres that take place in the eyes of the world today. Only a broad and resistant anti-war movement will stop this war. Just as people were pouring worldwide into the streets against the Vietnam War or the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, the conscience of humankind must rise in revolt today in the face of the Turkish barbarism in northern Syria.

On November 1st, 2014, millions of people around the entire world took to the streets for a day to express their solidarity with the heroic resistance of Kobanê. We call for this year’s November 2nd to be a day of global resistance against the Turkish War of Aggression, to break the normal situation and to paralyze life. Participate in creative and diverse actions of civil disobedience, demonstrations, and many more, and take over the streets and public spaces.

As long as the killing continues, the resistance must not stop.



Direct Action at the Turkish Embassy in Solidarity with Rojava

On the 23rd of December 2018 in the afternoon we carried out direct action in front of a building belonging to the Turkish embassy in the Czech Republic on Pevnostní street, Prague – Střešovice.

We threw several smoke bombs over the fence of this building in the colours of Kurdish militias YPG and YPJ who authoritarian Erdogan claims to be terrorists. The true terrorist is of course the Turkish state.

Whether it was the unprovoked attack on Afrin from which more than 160 thousand people had to flee as a result or whether it’s the constant human rights violations in Turkey. The Czech political representation which until recently, during the so called “refugee crisis”, used Kurdish militias as an example of “people who don’t run away but fight”, is now silent even though two Czechs – Markéta Všelichová and Mirko Farkas – are imprisoned in Turkey for supporting the exact same Kurdish militias.

Erdogan doesn’t deserve red carpets but a trial for war crimes. Turkey isn’t a business partner or a “democratic country”. We refuse to turn away from our Kurdish allies who have fought for us and died in battles against the so called Islamic State.

We realise that a few smoke bombs won’t change the policy of fascist Turkey but we hope that with this symbolic act of dissent we can draw at least some attention and that we can inspire others who aren’t indifferent to the fate of Rojava to take action in its defense – to do anything which in the current situation makes more sense than to do nothing.

Biji berxwedana Rojava!

24. 12. 2018 in Prague
Affinity group Acta Non Verba
Rojava Revolution Defense Committee