Speaking at an event organised in the Shehba Canton of North East Syria, Aldar Xelil, a member of the Co-Presidency Council of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), shared his perspectives regarding the situation in Afrin (Efrin), located in north western Syria.
Afrin Canton Council organised a meeting at the Serdem Camp in Shehba canton, where Xelil spoke. He referred to the Turkish offensive in Afrin which led to its capture. Xelil underlined that the PYD would continue to defend the people of Afrin against the “occupation”.
“The enemy wanted us to surrender and say: ‘You won, we lost’. They wanted us to say: ‘Afrin is yours now’. However, we have all decided and raised our voices: ‘We will not give you Afrin'”, he said.
Xelil stated that the PYD promised the people of Afrin that it will not leave it to the “occupying Turkish forces”. “If you want to take Afrin’s geography from our hands by force, you should know that we will never give up. We will free Afrin. To do that, we should unite with those who are resisting day by day, moment by moment”.
Xelil also spoke about the prison isolation conditions facing Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan. “Leader Apo is the symbol of the path to freedom. That is why he has been jailed and that is why they impose such a heavy isolation on him”, he said.