Rally protests Turkish government’s war on Kurds

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Councillor Sue Bolton addressing the rally. Photo: Ali Bakhtiarvandi

Members of Melbourne’s Kurdish community, along with Australian supporters, held a rally and march in Melbourne on August 29 to protest Turkey’s war against its Kurdish population.

Speakers denounced the regime of President Recip Tayyip Erdogan for launching a war on the Kurds, who make up over a quarter of Turkey’s population.

Kurdish cities, towns and villages have been savagely attacked by security forces. People have been killed in their homes, the death toll is rising and hundreds of Kurdish politicians and activists have been arrested.

The protest demanded that the attacks be halted and that Erdogan’s regime re-start the peace process which it unilaterally abandoned earlier this year.

After speeches at Federation Square the gathering marched to the State Library. The event was organised by the Australians for Kurdistan solidarity committee.

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