PYD Co-chair Hiso: We will liberate Afrin!

" Afrin is ours and we will take it back from the invaders at any cost.”

HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Güven and the hunger strikers who are demanding the end of isolation were hailed at the 4th Ordinary Congress of the Swedish Women's Union in Örebro.

Kurdish women gave the message that they were determined to struggle until Öcalan was freed.

Kurdish women from the four parts of Kurdistan living in Sweden gathered at the congress hall where a photo of Kurdish people's leader Abdullah Öcalan, and another of PKK co-founder Sakine Cansız murdered in Paris in 2013, were hanged. 

After a minute's silence in memory of the martyrs of freedom Ayse Hiso co-chair of the PYD evaluated political developments in Kurdistan and Turkey.

Hiso said that the Turkish state had built its policy on hostility towards the Kurds, committed genocide operations against HDP and Kurds in Northern Kurdistan while at the same time resorting to all kinds of provocation and manipulation in order to eliminate the democratic, egalitarian and just system built by the Kurds in Rojava.

Hiso: We will liberate Afrin 

"The Kurdish forces have retreated to prevent the genocide and the murder of more civilians in Afrin after resisting 58 days”, Hiso recalled, adding that the Turkish state had occupied Afrin with the support of ISIS mercenaries.

Noting that retreat is a battle tactic, Hiso said: “But Afrin was never left in the hands of the fascism of Erdoğan. Afrin is ours and we will take it back from the invaders at any cost.”

Hiso also assessed the local election results in Turkey and Kurdistan and said that “the people of Northern Kurdistan has given the clearest answer to the AKP-MHP fascism, despite all the tricks and pressures, despite the state of emergency and the trustees. The Kurdish people went to the polls and used these elections to take a breath and take a step towards democracy.”

Hiso stated that people living in four parts of Kurdistan did not accept isolation, and after greeting DTK Co-Chair Leyla Güven and the thousands of prisoners on hunger strike said: “Leyla Güven and the hunger strikers are the new Mazlum Doğan. The days are numbered for the AKP-MHP fascism. Erdogan's only goal is to carry out a genocide against the Kurdish people. He sees his ideology and paradigm crumble. Which is why he is hitting the achievements reached by the Kurdish people. We can destroy the dirty plans of the Turkish state with the spirit of resistance of Leyla Güven. Erdogan has in mind the Turkification of Afrin. Children in schools are subjected to assimilation, the people of Afrin were given Turkish identity cards.”

"Kurdish people will not accept occupation"

Moushira Mala Reshid of the Rojava Women's Union, said that the revolution in Rojava is a women's revolution and has affected every aspect of women's life. She said that they have developed and strengthened their economic, social, political and military organization.

Reshid commended the women who sacrificed themselves in the fight against the Islamic State. 

"We will not leave Afrin to the invaders," she said.

"We will be on the streets until Öcalan is free"

Sara Women's Union member, Ayse Göktepe, said that women in Turkey and Kurdistan have shown their strength on 8 March despite the police attacks and during Newroz, which attracted millions everywhere. 

Göktepe added that Kurdish women will be pouring the streets everywhere until isolation is lifted and Öcalan freed. 

After the report of the past year, the Congress set out the new strategy for this year and elected the new executives and representatives of Sara Women's Union.