Turkey and Europe are backing jihadist gangs in Rojava: Demirtas

KT News:

Thousands protest at 'walls of shame'

Thousands protest at ‘walls of shame’; Pic – ANF

Thousands joined rallies yesterday called by the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and marched to the Turkey/Syria border – from Mardin’s Nusaybin district and Şırnak’s Cizre district – to show solidarity with Rojava Kurds and protest against the ‘walls of shame’ that Turkey is building along the Kurdish areas of this border.

BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş addressed the crowds at Cizre, reports ANF. “We are here to support Rojava, which is resisting under the embargo of gangs, and to protest at the AKP government which is supporting these gangs,” he said.

Demirtaş accused ‘many European countries’ of also supporting the jihadists and continued: “The Kurds are now extending the hand of assistance to the people of Rojava, but there is an embargo everywhere. They do not accept the proposals of Mr Öcalan for a solution. They do not want a free Kurdistan there. That is why we are here protesting. For us Qamışlo and Nusaybin are the same. Cizre and Cizirabotan too. If they introduce an embargo there, they will also introduce one for us. We will not permit this to happen.”

The marchers clashed with Turkish security forces and dismantled a police barricade at the border, where Demirtaş declared that not only the Turkey-Rojava border, but all the borders in the Middle East need dismantling.

He also accused the AKP government and Turkish prime minister Erdoğan of trying to prevent Kurds from having a separate delegation to the Geneva II conference on Syria which has been convened by the UN and is due to be held in January.


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