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Kurdish women rally in Brussels against invasion and violence

The demonstrators protest against the Turkish invasion of Rojava and call on international institutions to fulfill their responsibilities against Turkey’s occupation.

Kurdish women from all around in Europe have gathered in Brussels, capital of Belgium for a rally in protest at the Turkish invasion of Rojava and North-East Syria and massacre of women.

Displaying flags of the YPG and YPJ, hundreds of women are staging a march from the Central Station (Gare Central) to the Luxembourg Square next to the European Parliament. The women march behind a banner reading “Violence is a form of fascism, self-defense is our right”.

“YOU ARE THE RAPIST”

The group expressed their solidarity with the women worldwide with their action accompanied by the Chilean protest song “Un violador en tu camino” (You are the rapist), adopted by women across the globe against the rape culture.

DEMANDS

The demonstrators protest against the Turkish invasion of Rojava and call on international institutions to fulfill their responsibilities against Turkey’s occupation which is contrary to international law. They also call for a no-fly zone over northern Syria.

The Kurdish Women’s Movement in Europe (TJK-E), which promoted the action, lists their demands as follows:

“International institutions should take immediate action to make sure that the brutal attack of invasion and genocide against Rojava is stopped.

Terrifying crimes have been committed against the people of Rojava, including women and children, particularly during the past two months. Erdoğan bears the whole responsibility for these crimes. He is an enemy of women. Every single woman and child killed there was massacred on Erdoğan’s orders. All those responsible for this, Erdoğan in the first place, must be brought to justice at an international tribunal.

Rojava must be declared no-fly zone.

These genocidal attacks of invasion, carried out before the eyes of the world in the 21st century, must be stopped immediately.”

The march will be followed by a rally at the Luxembourg Square.

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