Protests against Turkey’s military operations that were launched on 9 February in the Garê Mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan continue. People in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), also known as Rojava, took to the streets in protest in many cantons and districts.
A march was organized in Fafin, a village in northern Aleppo, by the Afrin Canton Council and the Syrian Revolutionary Youth Movement. Hundreds gathered in front of Fafin school to protest against Turkey’s military operations.
Afrin Canton Council Deputy Co-chair Mihemed Ebdo spoke at the meeting and criticized the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for signing an agreement with Turkey that opposes the collective demands of the Kurdish people.
The Revolutionary Youth Movement and the Young Women’s Union took to the streets and called for a ‘serhildan’, which is the Kurdish term for a popular uprising. The protestors gathered at Azadi Square of Al-Malikiyah Derik and chanted slogans condemning the attacks on Garê mountain. “No to occupation”, they chanted.
Youth from Manbij (Minbic) also took to the streets in protest. “We, as youth, will fight against the attacks in the front lines”, said Ehmed El-Cemîlî in a protest statement. Speaking at a protest in the North Syrian town of Til Berak, Ebdulselam El Hesanî, the Co-Chair of Til Berak Council, called upon the international community to take action against Turkey’s offensive.
There were also protests in Tell Hamis (Til Hemis) and Raqqa (Reqa). The Raqqa Youth Assembly issued a statement condemning the Turkish military offensive.