8 August 2015, Gare Centrale / Centraal Station at 12.00
Turkish military attacks against the Kurds continue
How long will the International coalition allow Turkey`s deception to continue?
Since the 24th of July, daily a bombing campaign has been launched by the Turkish military over Kurdish guerrilla forces and civilians in Iraqi Kurdistan. Close to 60 (F-16 and F-4) jets carry out bombing campaigns daily, targeting several locations. The attacks resulted in 9 civilian casualties and dozens injured. This military strategy has led to extensive environmental damage to the surrounding areas, injury of civilians and hundreds of villages evacuated.
Turkish Government is manipulating the international public opinion and the coalition against ISIS to wage a clear and deliberate war against the Kurds. Since the Turkish Government “decided” to stand with the international coalition against ISIS, it has waged only one bombing campaign against ISIS, and only weapons warehouses were targeted. Instead the daily bombing campaign against the Kurds and not only targeted the guerrilla forces, but also civilian areas.
Even inside Turkey they are daily attacks against Kurdish forces political activists, democratic forces, human rights groups, as well the as targeting of members of the democratically elected HDP party is ongoing. Till now the Turkish government has arrested over 1500 Kurds, human rights activist and oppositions members.
How long will the UN, EU, and the USA continue not to act against Turkish Government and its war against the Kurds, which is only serving to strengthen ISIS and its terrorist objectives in the region?
To stay silent or inactive against Turkish Government`s deliberate policy of targeting the Kurds will prepare the base for a new genocide and give ISIS the morale to target the international community.
If there was doubt over Turkish Government`s support for ISIS, the current disproportionate attacks against the Kurds is ample evidence. By weakening the Kurds, Turkish Government empowers ISIS, logistically, economically and militarily.
Signatories:
KNK (Kurdistan National Congress) / Kurdish Institute Brussels / European Syriac Union / Solidarity committee with Rojava / Democrat Armenia’s’ Association in Belgium / YXK /Ezidi Federation in Belgium / Union of the Socialist Women in Belgium / European Confederation of the Oppressed Immigrants, Aveg-Kon / Info-Turk / Inter Parliamentary Work Group in Belgium/ Coordination Stop the War against Kurds / PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan -Iraq) / KCD-Europa (Kurdistan Democratic Community in Europa) / Komelî Îslamî Kurdistan –Iraq / TJKE (Kurdistan Women’s Movement –Europa) / PYD (Democratic Union Party -Syria) / PJAK (Party of Free Life of Kurdistan – Iran) / PSDK (Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party –Iraq) / Hizbî Zehmetkêşanî Kurdistan-Iraq / PIK (Islamic Party of Kurdistan)/ Progress Lawyers Network (IADL)

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