Statement. Against religious and military dictatorships, Rojava is hopefull.

Kurdish populations are resisting the military offensive of the jihadist Islamic State (IS). With few and basic arms, they are the city of Kobané with courage and determination that demands respect. Unfortunately, support and reinforcement is far from being sufficient. The jihadist assault on Kobané benefited from the fact that Turkey government has locked the border and deployed its police and army reinforcements to block the routes for arms and humanitarian resources. Today, the jihadists are in the city.

The government of Turkey, far from helping the population, is doing everything it can to weaken or liquidate the Kurdish resistance, because they think it could increase Kurdish strength in the region, whilst they refuse their autonomy. The government of Turkey wants to create a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the border, under his control, which is a pretext for an occupation of three townships that make up the Rojava. Supporting this proposal that the Kurds reject, the French government has chosen a purely geopolitical opportunism, which is the worst solution for a Kurdish resistance.

The Kurdish fighters' position on self-determination and self-organisation has a formidable scent of freedom, threatening secession and insubordination, in an environment of failed established power relations (clientism, corruption, patriarchy, obedience and imposed belief systems). That is something the Arab-Western coalition will not support.

For us, however, this is our hope. A hope that, out of Middle Eastern chaos, a force is emerging that is capable of combating both religious obscurantism and the military option which, for decades, has been the lot of people in the region. A hope to see the rebirth of movements of resistance to the powers that prevent emancipation. Already, the offensive in Kobané has caused a tremendous mobilization of Kurds in Turkey (who are facing violent repression).

Within the diaspora we have seen protests in cities across Europe, gatherings of thousands of people on the border, and hundreds of volunteers rushing to defend the city. For our part, we can and must mobilize to provide clear support for the resistance movements, relaying their claims and assisting in the expression of emancipation forces they carry.
You can trust us in our support until we build a new society free of state and religion oppression.

IAF secretariat