Thousands of Turkey’s Kurds rally in solidarity with Syian Kurdish city


Turkish military forces securing the Syrian-Turkish borders. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Thousands of the Kurdistan Workers Party’s (PKK) proponents as well as other Kurdish parities rallied on Saturday in Suruc town of Sanliurfa province, south of Turkey, a neighbouring town of Kobane (Ain al-Arab), north of Syria.

The rally came in the second anniversary of the “19 July revolution” when the proponents of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) controlled the governmental institutions and security branches in Kobane and other Kurdish populated areas in Syria. During the rally, the participants also showed solidarity with the residents of Kobane city where thousands of Syrian Kurds are besieged by militants of the Islamic State (al-Qaeda offshoot group previously known as ‘ISIL’).

Speaking to ARA News, head of the Turkish Party of Democracy and Peace (BDP) in Suruc, Mr. Ismael, said: “Being close to Kobane, the ceremony was held in Suruc where many people from the different Kurdish regions as well as Ankara and Istanbul attended.”

The Turkish government took many precautions on this occasion where a security cordon, police and soldiers supported with military vehicles were deployed on the borders near the ceremony’s location.

“The Turkish government wanted to suppress any attempt by the participants to access Kobane and remove borders,” said Sabri Seroji, a participant from Suruc.

“In his last statement, Murat Qaraylan (current leader of the PKK) called for patronizing Kobane,” Seroji told ARA News.

In this regard, leader of the BDP mentioned his party’s decision to “permanently set up tents in Suruc until Kobane’s liberation from the Islamic fighters”.

Ismael pointed out, “We are ready to interfere if necessary and fight next to the Popular Protection Units YPG -linked to PYD.”

“When fighting intensified in western Kobane (between ISIL and YPG), 50 civilians accessed Syria and fought next to the Kurdish YPG forces,” Ismael told ARA News.

YPG forces were able to gradually control Kobane’s main institutions, which is seen by opponents of the PYD (the political leadership of the YPG) as a “delivery transaction” between the Syrian regime and PYD.


Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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