People of Qamishlo protest against Turkish occupation and KDP betrayal

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Qamishlo to condemn the Turkish attacks on North and East Syria and the KDP's betrayal.

Hundreds of people, representatives of political parties, women’s movements and civil institutions staged a demonstration in the northern Syrian city of Qamishlo on Wednesday to condemn the ongoing Turkish attacks on Kurdistan, North and East Syria, and the betrayal of South Kurdistan’s ruling party, KDP.

The demonstrators marched from the Deham Pharmacy in the Korniş neighbourhood in the west of the city, displaying the flags of the PYD (Democratic Union Party), the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM), the Kongra Star as well as images of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan. The crowd also chanted slogans condemning the Turkish occupation and the KDP betrayal.


Silêman Ebu Bekir, a member of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Qamishlo, read out a statement pointing out that Turkish drone attacks had increased after the summits in Tehran and Sochi.

“The purpose of the agreements made at those summits is to destroy our existence and our will. Negotiations were carried out over our blood,” Ebu Bekir said.

The PYD member called on the parties that claim to be democratic and humanitarian circles to fulfil their responsibilities against the barbarian attacks of the invading Turkish state on North and East Syria.

Ebu Bekir also addressed the betrayal of the KDP and its forces’ participation in the Turkish attacks against the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) where the Turkish army has been conducting an invasion operation since mid-April. “The KDP is paving the way for the invading Turkish army to carry out attacks against the HPG (People’s Defense Forces). The KDP proves itself to be adopting the line of betrayal,” he said.


Ebu Bekir condemned the murder of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini by the Iranian morality police in Tehran, adding, “Iran seeks to eradicate the truth and will of free women through policies of persecution.”

The demonstration was concluded with slogans praising the ongoing resistance against Turkish occupation and the KDP’s betrayal.