Solidarity Statement from …ums Ganze!-alliance to the Kurdish freedom movement.
The current situation in the Kurdish areas of Syria and Turkey is escalating further. The Turkish military is attacking the canton of Afrin in Rojava in co-operation with Islamist militias under the flag of the FSA (“Free Syrian Army”). In fact, these militia are battle forces trained in Turkey with the support of former soldiers of Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar Al Sham and Daesh. Since 2016 the “FSA” has basically only existed as a broad label which is used to cover different militias and forces. What is to be expected from the Turkish army’s allies if they win in Afrin, has been shown by their terrible and misogynistic desecration of the fallen YPJ-fighter Barin Kobanî. In Turkey, the repressive apparatus is being extended to its limits. Every comment against Turkish nationalist unity is being shut down immediately. Every day journalists, scientists, political opponents or simply anyone who is against the war is being villainised and arrested. A “free” and “independent” news coverage in Turkey has not been possible for a long time. Those media channels not completely behind Erdogan are being banned and/or censored. After the failed coup d’etat of July 2016 over 100 journalists were arrested, about 150 media channels closed and more than 700 press cards annulled. Critical journalists are being put under general suspicion. While the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel was released from prison quickly, Ahmet Altan, Mehmed Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and three further persons were sentenced to lifelong imprisonment under harsh circumstances. They are being blamed for participating in the attempted coup d’etat of 2016 and having connections to the Gülen movement. In general, the arrests against political opponents go on. Shortly, Amine Gündüz (DBP, Democratic Regions Party) and Aydın Üstün (HDP, Party of the People) and many other people from regime-critical circles are being arrested, thousands of others are already in prison.