The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) is an umbrella group of left-wing organisations in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran that adhere to the ideology of Kurdish revolutionary leader Abdullah Ocalan (known as “Apo”), currently in jail in Turkey. Forces associated with the KCK have helped lead the Rojava Revolution in Syria’s north, which marked its sixth anniversary on July 19, the day Kurdish-led forces staged an insurrection.
Putting women’s liberation at the forefront, the Rojava Revolution is a multi-ethnic democratic process that has drawn in a wide range of non-Kurdish ethnic and religious groups.
The KCK executive committee co-presidents released the statement that is abridged below to mark the revolution’s sixth anniversary.
We celebrate the Rojava Revolution that initiated a new period for the peoples of Kurdistan, Syria and the Middle East in July 2012, and we remember with respect and gratitude thousands of fighters and people who fell as martyrs in this revolution.
The revolution will be carried out through out Kurdistan and their struggle will be kept going in the democratic revolution of the Middle East.
With Apo’s line of democratic confederalism and democratic autonomy based on democratic nation and organised democratic society, the Rojava Revolution became a model of freedom and democracy for the peoples of the Middle East.
The cantons formed in Rojava and the Federation of Northern Syria have heroically resisted all inhumane gangs and external attacks with the strength derived from society. Paying a heavy price, they became the assurance of the free and democratic life of all Syrian peoples.
Rojava and Northern Syria Democratic Revolution has once again proved that Turkey is an enemy of all the Kurds and Middle Eastern peoples. Pursuing animosity against Kurds and democratic forces within its own borders, Turkey is the leading enemy of democracy and Kurds in the entire Middle East.
Today, Rojava and Northern Syria is an oasis of stability and peace based on freedom and democracy, not only in Syria but entire Middle East territory. The fraternal co-existence of all folks and beliefs and their joint struggle against external attacks, has changed the destiny of the Middle East, proving that various ethnic and religious communities can lead a fraternal and equal life without conflicts.
The Rojava Revolution’s line of women’s freedom has excited not peoples and societies across the world. For this very reason, Rojava Revolution has been defined as a women’s revolution.
The Rojava Revolution has proved that the level of women’s revolution determines the scope of democracy and freedom in a country. With the Rojava Revolution, the level of freedom and democracy will now be measured by the level of women’s freedom.
The Rojava Revolution has revealed a model demonstrating how a democratic revolution and democracy will progress. From now on, those struggling for democracy and free life around the world will take the Rojava Revolution as an example.
It is clear that the power of the Rojava Revolution has made its enemies even more aggressive. It has been seen that resistance will get more extensive and deeper in line with the advancement and expansion of freedom and democracy.
As the Rojava Revolution enters its seventh year, it is facing even greater attacks as it has grown stronger. The revolution will grow even more successful as long as it bases itself on organised people and their self-power, as it has to date. It will achieve permanent gains by playing a role in the realisation of a Middle East revolution based on the democratisation of Syria.
The Rojava Revolution will be the foundation of a Democratic Syria.