News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan
In a recent article appearing on Kurdistan24.com, Amed Dicle discusses the current relationship between the KDP and the YPG in Rojava, and between the KDP and KCK in wider Kurdistan. Dicle also draws attention to the ongoing partnership that has developed between the AKP and KDP, in particular as regards their shared opposition to the newly proclaimed Canton governments in Rojava and the revolutionary process more generally. Below is a translation of the article into English.
Last week the YPG issued a statement that except in the case of legitimate defense it would cease all military operations in Kurdistan and Syrian cities in which large numbers of Kurds lived. It is emphasized throughout the statement that the decision was taken in respect for the perspective of the three newly form Canton governments in Rojava.
In this piece [in Turkish] we have written on the topic we explained that this decision was noteworthy in that it signaled an end to the fighting in Rojava.
Within a few hours of the YPG’s decision ISIS, al-Nusra and Ahrar U Sham – groups which are in a state of war in Syria at large – united and attacked the town of Tel Meeruf. They desecrated a cemetery belonging to sheiks of the Nakshibendi religious order, highly respected in parts of Turkey and Kurdistan, bombed the mosque and kidnapped 16 civilians. That same night the YPG launched an operation and drove the gangs from the area.
This attack was not an attack carried out for standard objectives, along present calculations, or with military motives. The YPG’s statement made some forces uncomfortable. Because the Canton governments which are establishing political authority in Rojava are working to transform themselves into lasting institutions, and Western Kurdistan wants to come to the agenda not only through attacks and war but with a government of democratic autonomy and it wants to be a model in the lands of the Middle East. All of their work and effort is in this direction. The social, economic and political institutionalization has passed the point of no return and it still developing. The armed struggle was part of a secondary plan that opened the way for this other work. At the same time the growth of the defense forces which are strengthening and prepared for everything, as well as their remaining in position [to act] will be a guarantee of security for the revolution
The power that is most discomforted by the social and political transformations in Rojava is Turkey. It has been said many times and has been well documented how ISIS, al-Nusra, Ahrar U Sham have been supported by this country. The mandate that the Turkish Republic gave these gangs in Kurdistan grew more difficult as the existing circumstances developed. These have come to obstruct the progression of a cycle of conflict and violence. Turkey’s policy in Syria and Rojava has completely fallen apart but it is not easy for Turkey to cut its ties to ISIS with which it attempted to turn Rojava into a war zone. Time and time again the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister made confessions in the form of “we are struggling against the PYD.” In order to understand the dimensions of the Turkish war net this confession is enough.
Another power with similar intentions and goals is the KDP. After the Tel Meeruf attack Zagros and Rudaw TV – media outlets of the KDP and known in South Kurdistan as ‘Napatha’ or petrol tv – made a number of disgraceful broadcasts presented as news. One Rojava KDP official asked how it was possible that ‘ISIS could get from Tel Berak to Til Meerufe over 100 km away’ and attempted to blame the YPG. But Tel Berek and Til Meeref are only 17 km apart and this was a news that did not even know this…
Later Zagros tv broadcast a report saying that it could be an ISIS attack or it could be a YPG game. At any rate someone from the Xeznewi family called in on the telephone and said “no ISIS did attack.” Rudaw TV which delights in exhibiting the corpses of YPG fighters like the old Anatolia program on TRT attempted to pin the fighting on dealings between the PYD and ISIS.
In short they presented as news a bunch of contrived fantasies which cleared ISIS and blamed the PYD-YPG. There are many examples of such manipulative new reports. However here the subject which needs investigation is the KDP’s politics in Rojava.
The KDP does not want political developments along Öcalan’s line to grow in Rojava. They think that this is not only presents a ‘danger’ for Rojava but also for South Kurdistan. The KDP is principally disadvantaged by any kind of grass root politics. The PKK movement is in every sphere spreading an excessively social construction of life based on day-to-day politics and economic effects and it is based on organizing a wide national consensus. Rojava is a place where Öcalan’s philosophy has entered into everyday life in a concrete and systematic fashion. Not only parties directly under Öcalan’s influence but all social and political formations outside of the KDP have taken a place in this system.
International powers, who are exhibiting the same restraint, are without a doubt supporting the KDP. Kurds are watching and taking a lesson from the negative circumstances in which the KDP finds itself.
What will happen in this situation?
The KCK and KDP will never come to an agreement in Rojava. But within the next two or three months an election will be held in the Rojava cantons. The KDP wants to unite the four parties connected to it under the name of the KDP-Syria. There will be a congress held shortly in Hewler to do just this (the KDP-Turkey was already founded a while ago). Will this party be included in the system in Rojava by entering the election? Our expectations are that in a free Kurdistan politics are carried out by free means…
But there are many indications that the KDP and ENKS parties following the KDP line do not like their chances in this kind of politics. Because a political-economic worldview tied to the Turkish Republic dominates certain Kurdish groups…
Because the KDP’s road to Rojava passes through Ankara…