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Funchion speaks at Kurdish Solidarity rally in Dublin

31 August, 2016 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin TD, Kathleen Funchion, attended and spoke at a demonstration organised by Kurdish Solidarity Ireland to protest Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria to attack Kurdish militants and civilians. 

Speaking at the demonstration in Dublin’s city centre, Deputy Funchion said: 

“I am delighted to be standing in solidarity, and speaking in support of the autonomous region of Rojava, against this Turkish aggression. 

“Turkey’s recent invasion and attacks in northern Syria, supposedly under the pretext of battling Daesh is fooling nobody. It is clear that their real target is the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

“It is blindly obvious that Turkey’s intervention is about stopping the SDF expanding and uniting all the canons of Rojava.

“The Turkish army tried to prevent the relief Kobane and sat in tanks while Daesh tried to slaughter the civilian population. Yet now it apparently wants to fight Daesh? 

“The Turkish Government fears the progressive, popular, secular and democratic foundations of Rojava. They fear the empowerment that Rojava provides its citizens and its threat to the status quo. 

“While Turkey fears its alternative model of governance, we have gathered here to support it. 

“Turkey naively believes that its tanks and jets can destroy Rojava’s progressive and non-sectarian politics, they are wrong. 

“Rojava has become a light, a beacon of hope for all the progressive people of the world. It stands against inequality, despotic regimes, and systems of hierarchy and patriarchy. 

“As a feminist, the empowerment of women in aspects of society in Rojava is particularly impressive and welcome. It stands in marked contrast to the feudal barbarism of Daesh and other jihadi groups in area, as well as the Turkish Government’s hostility towards women and feminism. 

“The Turkish military must immediately leave Rojava, stop its war against the Kurds in Syria and Turkey, establish cooperation and peace with them on either side of the border, and refocus on fighting the real threat, Daesh. 

“As a TD I am here to protest Turkey’s invasion and I want to reiterate my solidarity, and that of Sinn Féin’s, to the people of Rojava.” 

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