Emergency protests against Turkish invasion of Rojava

Greens MP Jamie Parker condemns Turkey's invasion of Syria

On October 8, NSW Greens MP for Balmain Jamie Parker addressed the first of a round of emergency protests against Turkey's invasion of the Kurdish-liberated democratic autonomous territories in northern and eastern Syria, popularly known as Rojava.

Parker condemned United States President Donald Trump's green light for the invasion as a betrayal of the Kurdish fighters who had carried the brunt of the war to defeat Islamic State terrorism.

Parker read a statement from the Australian Greens which said: "The Kurdish people have put their lives on the line to help defeat ISIS. They have helped the Yazidi people escape genocide. President Trump's dangerous and erratic decision, enacted apparently with no foresight or consideration of the consequences, is an act of callous betrayal."

The Greens' statement called upon the Australian government to "use every diplomatic means at its disposal" to stop the invasion.

Other speakers at the emergency action in Sydney Town Hall square included Susan Price, co-convener of Socialist Alliance; Peter Boyle, from Rojava Solidarity Sydney; Ian Rintoul from Solidarity; and Democratic Kurdish Community Centre (NSW) co-chairs Gûlê Rose and Ismet Tashtan.

Details of upcoming rallies in Australia against the invasion of Rojava:

Sydney: Saturday, October 12, 2-4pm, Sydney Town Hall square. 

Melbourne: Saturday, October 12, 4.30-6pm, State Library.

Perth: Saturday, October 12, 1pm, Murray Street Mall.

Brisbane: Sunday October 13, 11am, King George Square.