International reaction grows against the increasing pressure of the Iraqi central government on the Yazidi people’s civil security forces to leave the town.
Various protests were organised in different parts of Europe to protest against the recent impositions of the İraqi government and give support to the resistance of the Yazidi people in Sinjar (Shengal) in northern Iraq.
Kurdish people and their international friends took to the streets in four cities of Switzerland responding to the call of the European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress and the European Kurdish Women’s Movement.
In a demonstration held in front of the Central Train Station in the city of Biel slogans were chanted against the Iraqi government’s occupation attempt in Sinjar.
Kurdish protestors also held a protest in front of the central train station in Solothurn, in front of the St. Laurent Church in Lausanne and in front of Schilliren Train Station in Zurich.
More protests were held in Netherlands. Protestors met in front of the Iraqi Embassy in The Hague.
The threat of the Iraqi central government to the local security forces of the Yazidi people in Sinjar to “leave their weapons in 24 hours” was described as a “call for an edict” in the press statement.
Protests to support the resistance in Sinjar were also organised in Germany. Kurdish Revolutionary Youth Organisations organised a protest in the Alexanderplatz in Berlin. During the speeches, protestors stated that the Sinjar Resistance Forces and the Sinjar Yazidi People’s Assembly are the legitimate organisations organised by the local people, who are only seeking to defend themselves so as to prevent the massacres they have been subjected to before.