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Published On: Mon, Mar 12th, 2018

SDF / YPG urge Syrian – Kurdish diaspora to take to European streets to protest Turkey’s invasion of Afrin

nsnbc : The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with its main constituent, the Syrian – Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) are calling on the Syrian and Kurdish diaspora to take to the streets of Europe in protest of Turkey’s attack on Afrin, and to stop Turkey and Turkey-backed Islamist and Turkmen militia from “dividing Syria” and threatening the lives and livelihood of one million in Afrin.

Civilians around Afrin fleeing Turkish and FSA troops.

Civilians around Afrin fleeing Turkish and FSA troops.

Issuing an emergency call, the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) called on the “Kurdish, Syrian diaspora and democratic parties to start protests in support of the resilient nation of Afrin and against the Turkish invading attacks, and to stop Turkey’s agenda from dividing Syria and rescuing one million people from the murder and destruction committed by Turkey in Afrin.”

The message issued by Ilham Ahmed, co-leader of the council of the SDF also read that “we are at a decisive stage to defeat enemy attacks and protect our nation in Afrin.”  Turkish forces and their proxy, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) advanced on Saturday to less than two kilometers from the center of Afrin city. Turkish troops and their Syrian allies have surrounded the city of Afrin and are ready to “enter at any moment” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on Friday, saying Manbij would be next.

Turkey launched its aggression, ironically dubbed “Operation Olive Branch” against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin with the stated aim of clearing “terrorists” from its borders. Ankara alleges the YPG and YPJ and the ruling PYD are branches of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). The group is outlawed as a terrorist organization by Turkey. The YPG has slammed what they describe as global silence on the military offensive. “This people will forgive, but will never forget the invaders and their crime partners.”

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