The Kurdish community and their allies convened in Town Hall Square, Sydney, in Australia’s New South Wales (NSW), to voice their opposition to the effects of the Treaty of Lausanne on Kurdistan.
The demonstration, organised by the Democratic Kurdish Community Centre (DKTM) Assembly, drew attention to the Treaty’s genocidal effects and emphasised the resilience of the Kurdish people.
Speakers at the rally highlighted the significance of this historical moment, marking 100 years since the ‘cancellation’ of Kurdistan by the Treaty of Lausanne.
Brusk Aiveri from DKTM (NSW), former Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, Reverend Bill Crews from Ashfield Uniting Church, former Greens NSW MP Jamie Parker, independent Kurdish journalist Mansour Razaghi, Peter Boyle from Rojava Solidarity Sydney, and Baran Sogut from the Sydney Kurdish Youth Alliance all shared their insights and reflections.
The rally was punctuated by the slogans “Jin Jiyan Azadî” (“Woman, Life, Freedom”) and “Free Kurdistan”, underscoring the enduring spirit of the Kurdish people and their determination to preserve their heritage for future generations.