March for Shengal on 17-18 July from Celle to Hanover

The Shengal Council announced that a march to Hanover will be held on 17 and 18 July against the Turkish invasion attacks, and called for participation. The Council also announced its demands to international institutions.

The Shengal Council (MŞD), operating abroad, called for participation in the march to be held for the status of Shengal and against the invading attacks carried out by the Turkish state.

"The occupying Turkish state, led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan since October 2019, has carried out air attacks for a total of five times against Shengal, which is known as the sacred place of the Yazidi," recalled the MŞD in a written statement.

The statement noted: "After the 74th genocide carried out by ISIS against the Yazidi [in 2014], the Turkish state continues to do its best to complete this genocide with air and land operations.”

The statement added that Turkey is especially targeting women. “Many of our people died as a result of these attacks. Against these invasion attacks, our people and especially the Women's Resistance Units-YJŞ and Shengal Resistance Units-YBŞ have opposed a historical resistance. ù

After the massacre, hundreds of thousands of Yazidi were forced out of their homeland, and despite all the obstacles hundreds of families have recently returned to Shengal lands. In order to prevent the Yazidi from re-establishing their lives freely and honourably in their home country, an air attack against the Shengal lands was launched on 15 June, in front of the eyes of the whole world. The main purpose of the Turkish state here is the destruction of the Yazidi community, the occupation of the Shengal lands and the revival of the ISIS gang."

Two-day march and meeting

The statement emphasized that the Yazidi people would not remain silent against these attacks, and gave details of the two-day of action.

"No Genocide! We will hold a two-day march for Shengal from Celle to Hanover on 17 and 18 July 2020. At the end of the march, a big protest meeting will be held in front of the state parliament in Hanover city."

The Shengal Council’s demands

The Shengal Council addressed international institutions and organizations and listed their demands as follows:

"Immediate closure of the relevant airspace to stop the Turkish state air strikes on the Shengal territory.

Implementation of the decisions of the official acceptance of the genocide, reconstruction of Shengal, humanitarian aid, opening of the rehabilitation center, as per the Council of Europe declarations.

Implementation of the decision taken by the European Parliament and the United Nations Human Rights Commission

The process should be initiated immediately so that states, organizations and individuals cooperating with ISIS are taken before an international criminal court to be established."

At the end of the statement the Shengal Council called on all "democratic, progressive, humanist and socialist forces but especially women and youth to join the march.”