Bristol Kurdish Solidarity Network Meeting & Film Screening

Sunday 22 April, 2pm – 5.30pm
Hydra Books, 34 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0EZ

2pm – 3.30pm: Screening of ‘Water’s Date with Death’.
A short film about threat the construction of the Ilisu Dam poses to people, archaeological heritage and biodiversity at the site of the 12000 year old settlement at Hasankeyf in south-east Turkey/Bakûr (north Kurdistan).

This will be followed by a short talk about the aspirations to implement ecological sustainability, a central principle of the Kurdish struggle in Bakûr and Rojava (Democratic Federation of Northern Syria).

The Global Action Day for Hasankeyf and Sûr/Amed is the following week.

3.30pm – 5.30pm: Bristol Kurdish Solidarity Network organising meeting.

The invasion of Afrin and the Turkish State oppression of Rojava

Wednesday 18 April, 5pm – 6.30pm
ARTS Complex, Lecture Theatre 3, University of Bristol

Students and non-students alike are invited to learn more about, and discuss, the history of the oppression of Kurds by the Turkish state, the revolution in Rojava, and the invasion of Afrin.

The main speaker will be Bilhan Tuncel, a Kurdish political commentator who will discuss the motives of Turkey in invading Afrin, the history of Turkish state oppression of Kurds, possible futures for the Middle East, the war in Syria, and the revolution in Rojava.

After Tuncel’s talk a member of Student Action For Refugees will speak about their interactions with some of the Kurdish diaspora that have been trying to come to the UK. Afterwards an open discussion will follow.

The Turkish state has banned pro-Kurdish political parties and subjected Kurds to mass-imprisonment and genocide. Now Turkey is opening up a new front in the Syrian civil war, in collaboration with jihadist mercenaries, by invading Afrin. This threatens the operation against ISIS.

Afrin is part of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria / Rojava, which is seen by many as a solution to the Syrian civil war and wider conflict in the Middle East. The political philosophy of Democratic Confederalism has women’s liberation at the forefront of its ideology, along with direct democracy, socialism and ecology. Until now, Afrin was a safe haven for thousands of refugees fleeing ISIS and the Assad regime during the civil war.

Good Green Sushi will be providing sushi to raise money for the Kurdish Red Moon, Heyva Sor, who are helping civilians affected by the conflict in Afrin and Rojava.

Students, lecturers or Kurdish people that want to speak before the discussion opens, are invited to contact STAR or Bristol Green society’s facebook page.


Protest at BAE and MBDA against arms sales to Turkey

On the 22 March, BKSN, along with friends of Anna Campbell, went to BAE Systems and MBDA offices in Filton to protest against their complicity in the genocide committed by the Turkish state and their allies within Daesh.

BAE  along with MBDA have been supplying weapons and fighter jets to Erdogan and his nationalist thugs with the blessing of the UK government. These arms are being used to massacre civilians and Kurdish freedom forces defending the revolution in Afrin from the brutal  invasion. Thousands of people, including Bristolian Anna Campbell, have been killed as a direct result of this.

Since 2012 a direct democratic revolution has been forming in Rojava and Northern Syria based on the principles of womens liberation, equality, secularism, direct-democracy, anti-capitalism and ecology.  NATO member Turkey and it’s Daesh allies are against this revolution, resulting in the targeting of the Afrin region since January 2018. This military attack, known as ‘Operation Olive Branch’, has taken countless lives from the defense units (the YPJ and the YPG) as well as from innocent civilians. Hundreds of thousands of inhabitants have fled the region due to the reign of terror that is now ensuing, with practices including rape, systemic oppression, murder, torture, looting and ethnic cleansing integrated into the regime. This oppression is facilitated by weapons produced by BAE and MBDA, as well as arms deals signed in the UK. (Prime minister Theresa May recently signed an arms deal with Erdogan worth £100 million in January 2018.)

At today’s action a large group of people showing solidarity with those in Afrin strolled past the empty security box straight towards the BAE company building, where banners were unraveled, flags of solidarity waved, pans banged, slogans shouted and placards raised. One foyer was occupied and those arriving to work were greeted with chants such as “Desktop Murders” and “We will fight, we will win, long live Afrin”. The group also protested outside MBDA’s offices. One arms dealer (employee) came outside and was incredibly verbally aggressive, attempting to defend their unjustified role. Before leaving, we ensured that ALL the employees within the site were made aware of our presence by walking around the site shouting our message outlining their involvement within the atrocities taking place in Afrin.

We will continue resisting oppression and genocide with our fight against the military industrial complex and their dictator customers.


Callout for witnesses at the Cardiff arms fair protest


At the Cardiff Arms Fair on 27th March, several persons, including some from Bristol Kurdish Solidarity Network, were arrested by the South Wales Police. If anybody witnessed these arrests that took place at the Motorpoint Arena on Churchill Way please get in touch with Green and Black Cross immediately and contact them either by phone or by e-mail.

Please try to avoid posting images or videos of the arrests on social media as well.

Phone: 07946 541 511
Email: gbclegal [AT] riseup [DOT] net

Kurdistan solidarity bloc at antifascist protest

We’ll be joining this protest on Saturday with Bristol Antifascists as a Kurdistan solidarity bloc to raise awareness about the ongoing attacks by the fascist Turkish state in Afrin. You’re very welcome to join us! Please bring flags and banners if you have them.

Meet on Saturday 24 March, 1pm in Kings Square, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS2 8AZ

Defend Afrin! Stop the arms fair!

DPRTE, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Mary Ann St, Cardiff, CF10 2EQ
Tuesday 27 March, 8am – 4pm

The UK government and BAE are complicit in the massacre of hundreds of people by the Turkish military in Afrin, north Syria/Rojava (west Kurdistan) by selling weapons to Turkey. International solidarity and action is urgently needed to prevent a genocide.

DPRTE is an arms fair focused on promoting UK arms exports and facilitating networking for arms dealers. Many of its key sponsors are organisations connected to the government and the MOD. BAE will also be exhibiting.

Our protest outside the arms fair will be autonomous to the main protest organised by Stop Cardiff Arms Fair / Na i Ffair Arfau Caerdydd, so that we can make decisions specifically as a Kurdistan solidarity bloc. However, we will be protesting alongside the Stop Cardiff Arms Fair protest in solidarity with the campaigns against arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

The Independent recently reported strong evidence that Turkey has been recruiting former ISIS fighters. War crime allegations against the Turkish military and their hired jihadist mercenaries include the mutilation of corpses of women fighters, the use of chemical gas, beheading civilians, and the indiscriminate shooting of refugees.

In Rojava and northern Syria, people are organising themselves in networks of grassroots assemblies and co‐operatives, using the model of Democratic Confederalism, which emphasises direct democracy, feminism and ecology, and a multi-ethnic society without discrimination based on religion.

Co-organised by Bristol Kurdish Solidarity Network, Kurdish Solidarity Wales, and the Kurdish community in south Wales.

Urgent protest: Defend Afrin! Stop Turkey’s war on Kurds!

Wednesday 14 March, 11.30am
Meet at the fountains opposite the Hippodrome, Broad Quay, Bristol, BS1 4UZ

The Turkish state is committing massacres on civilians in the majority Kurdish city of Afrin in the northwest of Syria right now!
The same people who have defeated the so-called Islamic State are now being massacred by NATO member Turkey in front of the eyes of the international community! War crimes are being committed with European weapons and political support!


Protest in Cardiff against the invasion of Afrin

This Wednesday, 28 February there will be a protest in Cardiff against the continuing invasion of Afrin and the massacre of civilians by the Turkish army. The meeting point will be at 12pm outside the Capitol shopping centre.

This protest has been called by the Kurdish community in south Wales. Please invite your friends!