Guerrilla Canwelat: Our people must stand up against Turkish invasion

YJA Star guerrilla Toprak Canwelat called on the Kurdish people to go into action against the invasion attack launched by the Turkish state against the Zap and Avaşîn regions on April 17, 2022.

HPG/YJA Star guerrillas continue their determined resistance to the Turkish invasion attacks in the Zap and Avaşîn regions of the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

In the midst of explosions resonating from the battle front, YJA Star guerrilla Toprak Canwelat spoke to ANF about the guerrilla resistance and how the Kurdish people should support this resistance.

Referring to the ongoing Turkish invasion attacks against Medya Defense Zones, the female fighter stated; “In this war, the occupying forces are using all kinds of advanced weaponry, from Sikorsky helicopters to fighter jets. The Turkish forces should know this well; you may have cutting-edge technology and great power, but you lack goals and objectives. We gain strength from Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan and the martyrs, and we have serious goals. There is a saying among the Kurds: 'Siwar hatin peya çûn (They came on horseback, left on foot)', and they will have to go on foot from here."


“Just as Mazlum, Kemal and other friends resisted in prisons, and Zilan blew herself up in the heart of the enemy, we will never allow the enemy forces to enter our lands. Our people should also know that we are fighting for a sacred goal and purpose, for the freedom of our people, and in order for our people to say that ‘we are a people too, and we want to live freely’.”


“The people of South Kurdistan must stand up and oppose the KDP’s betrayal. Everyone should see the KDP's intentions. We do not ask for help from the KDP, we only want this: stay neutral and do not back this occupying state. The purpose of the Turkish state is to make the Kurds fight each other and then occupy the lands of Kurdistan. Everyone should know this well; the reason why we resist on these fronts fearlessly, and why our friends carry out actions of self-sacrifice in order not to fall into the hands of the enemy is to make the values ​​of this people survive and to promote the Kurdish identity,” the YJA Star fighter said.


Canwelat pointed out that the Kurdistan guerrillas do not seek their individual interests. “We are not fighting to be famous or popular here, we have only one goal, which is to defend these lands. We exist thanks to the people, and the people exist thanks to the guerrilla. Therefore, all the people of Kurdistan, especially the people of South Kurdistan, must stand up against this occupation.”

The YJA Star fighter stressed that everyone should do his/her part in the resistance against the occupation. “Definitely, everyone has a duty to fulfil. We want you to put your hand on your heart and to step into action. All Kurds must unite against this enemy that wants to persecute the Kurdish people and denies the existence of the Kurds. Our people should initiate a serhildan (uprising in Kurdish) and halt this occupation. Otherwise, if these lands are invaded, the Kurds will disappear, and everyone should realize this truth well," she concluded.