Video: Socialist parties from the Asia-Pacific support call for UN no-fly zone over Rojava

July 23, 2022

Three socialist parties from the Asia-Pacific region ⁠— Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and the Socialist Alliance (Australia) ⁠— have supported the call by 34 political parties in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, also known as Rojava, for the United Nations to impose a no-fly zone over the region to stop the threatened invasion by the Turkish state under the dictatorial regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

“We call on the UN to impose a no-fly zone over this territory to block a new invasion by the Turkish state and its allied Islamic fundamentalist groups,” said Reihana Mohideen said, speaking on behalf of the PLM.

“Bordered on all side by hostile and reactionary forces, Rojava stands as a beacon for human solidarity, cooperation and progress.”

Choo Chon Kai, from the PSM, hailed the Rojava revolution, in its tenth year, as "an emancipatory project for a future where Kurds, Arabs, Armenians, Assyrians, Muslims and Christians ⁠— peoples from all walks of life, regardless of ethnicities and religions, gender and sexual orientation ⁠— can live peacefully together and start to reshape the world by overcoming capitalism and imperialism”.

Alex Bainbridge from the Socialist Alliance added his party’s support for the call for a no-fly zone.

“The airspace over northern Syria is already controlled by the United States and Russia, this effectively means the UN calling on these forces to deny entry to that area to the Turkish military,” he explained.

“The Rojava revolution is such an inspiring example of liberation, especially women's liberation, so all of us around the world have an interest in protecting it.”