News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan
At a panel organized by the KESK trade union under the title “Workers Want Peace,” the BDP/HDK MP Sırrı Süreyya Önder claimed that Turkish-sponsored interventions in Syria were creating a new “Turkish belt” in the place of the “Arab belt,” intentionally created by the Baathist regime via the settlement of Arab tribes in Kurdish regions in order to change the demographic composition of northern Syria. Speaking on Turkish policy in Rojava, Önder was reported in an article in today’s Özgür Gündem to have said:
They closed the border gates along Kurdish regions the first day. In Arab regions they removed border restrictions entirely. Completely carelessly. There the road goes straight in, on the other side it is like the Great Wall of China. In the place of an Arab belt policy they implemented a Turkish belt policy.
Önder went on to say:
In Rojava those paths outside the praxis developed by the PYD from the very first day are putting the region in grave peril.
From the point of view of the peoples of Turkey and the Kurds Syria is not like other Arab countries. These primitive borders divided people from each other. Together with these provocations now being carried out by the AKP and its war posture, it must be known that Turkey will enter into this war from these borders.