On the occasion of the 11th anniversary of the Rojava Revolution, a social and political movement that emerged during the Syrian Civil War in the region of Rojava in north and east Syria, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Commander Mazlum Abdi reaffirmed the commitment to protect the struggle of people until their rights are secured and a political solution is reached in Syria.
Meanwhile, the People’s Defence Units (YPG) General Command released a written message, hailing the Rojava Revolution as one of the most significant developments of the 21st century.
“Just as the October Revolution in Russia had a profound impact on the entire world at the beginning of the 20th century, the Rojava Revolution first exerted its influence in the region and then touched all of humanity,” they said.
“In this sense, Rojava signifies a renaissance in the reality of the Middle East and a revolution for humanity. The Rojava Revolution was developed on the basis of a democratic nation through the strategy of revolutionary people’s war, and became a revolution of peoples through the collective struggle and heroism of the Kurdish, Arab, Assyrian, Armenian and Turkmen peoples.”
The Kurdistan Communities of Women (KJK) released a statement highlighting the Rojava Revolution as a beacon of hope and a symbol of the forging of a new life amidst the challenges the capitalist system poses to dampen people’s hopes in the 21st century:
“In a world where women are confined to households and nations are constrained by borders, the Kurdish women in Rojava fearlessly combat the threats of the Islamic State (ISIS) and AKP-MHP* conservatism, which have become the fear of all humanity.
The Rojava Revolution, born under the hope of a democratic and equal life for women and for all peoples, emerges as a testament of defiance of the attempts of the capitalist system to crush the hopes of the people and condemn them to lives of subjugation in the 21st century.”
The liberation of Sinjar (Şengal) from ISIS on 13 August 2014 was made possible by the efforts of the Rojava fighters and guerrillas, said the Yazidi (Êzidî) Democracy and Freedom Party (PADÊ) in a statement, adding: “The liberation of Sinjar was a direct outcome of the Rojava Revolution.”
“The Rojava Revolution led the way for the rebirth of people facing the threat of annihilation, paving the path for an ethical and political society based on the unity of nations. The construction of the Rojava Revolution was rooted in the freedom philosophy of Abdullah Öcalan.
Developing in defiance of all enemies of humanity, the Rojava Revolution emerged as the collective cry of the people and was achieved through their struggle against those enemies,” the statement read.
*Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its far-right ally the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)