Beritan Asya: Rojava will be a focal point of resistance
July 29, 2022
Beritan Asya, on behalf of the Office for the Unity and Solidarity of the
Peoples (SYPG) in Rojava, speaks in an interview about the preparation of
revolutionary defense against the threat of a new military offensive by the
fascist Turkish state in northern and eastern Syria.
The Turkish state plans to occupy new territories in northern and eastern Syria
and met with Iran and Russia in Tehran for this purpose. As a result, the
National Security Council (MGK) gathered in Turkey. What can you say about the
results of these talks?
The threats of the fascist Turkish occupying state against Rojava/North and East
Syria have been going on for a long time. In the past days, as a continuation of
the occupation concept, negotiations were held with reactionary states in the
region as well as with NATO and Russia, especially focusing on Tel Rifaat and
Manbij to occupy northern and eastern Syrian areas. The invasion attack of the
fascist Turkish state on the land of revolution was an agenda item at the NATO
summit. The Turkish state wanted to use the NATO membership of Sweden and
Finland as a trump card.
Joe Biden then traveled to the Middle East. Erdoğan made other visits during the
same period. On the anniversary of the July 19 revolution, a trilateral summit
between Russia, Turkey, and Iran was held in Tehran. One of the main topics of
the summit was undoubtedly the invasion attack, for which there was no approval
from NATO for the time being. The Turkish state wanted to obtain the consent of
Russia and Iran, which play a role in the political balance of Syria. However,
if we look at the results of this meeting, it is clear that the fascist leader
Erdogan could not achieve the desired result.
Undoubtedly, there are certain reasons for this failure. First of all, it must
be noted that the rejection by the USA, Russia and Iran is not due to a
fundamental rejection of an occupation. These powers are the main perpetrators
of the wars that are developing in the Middle East today. One of the reasons for
their disapproval is that the Turkish state's military operation is currently
contrary to the interests of these powers, because the Turkish state's
preparations for attack are not about supposedly securing its own borders. If we
look at them in the context of expansionist policies in the region, it is
pursuing an occupation strategy that seeks to destroy both the land of
revolution and the achievements of the peoples in the region, from Afrin and
Aleppo to Kirkuk and Mosul. We know from the Turkish state's law books that it
has a policy of never leaving the territories it occupies while changing their
demographics and history.
The Turkish state did not achieve its goal at the Tehran meeting, but that does
not mean it will not achieve it in another period. The political balance of
today does not meet the interests of the U.S. or Russia, but six months later,
the balance may change. As was the case in Afrin, SerÍkaniyÍ and GirÍ SpÓ, these
powers may remain silent in the face of an invasion. Indeed, these powers are
not only pursuing the goal of establishing their own political balance, but also
of destroying our democratic, popular and women's liberation system, which is
based on equality and unity of peoples. Therefore, we must make all our
preparations, both in their military and political dimensions, from here.
We see that Erdoğan wants to start the invasion at all costs. How do you
interpret this goal?
Preparations for the invasion of Rojava/Northern and Eastern Syria have visibly
increased, as I said, especially after the NATO meeting. With the war in
Ukraine, NATO has decided to expand its presence against Russia and China.
Biden's attempt to create a "Middle East NATO" can be described as a U.S.
attempt to use relations with the Arab League and Israel to reestablish itself
as a dominant power in the region. However, Russia's entry into the Syrian
balance is seen as weakening USA in the region as a whole.
While the world is divided into two camps, Russia, China, Iran on the one hand
and NATO countries on the other, it can be said that the Middle East is also
divided into two camps. At this time, when the hot war between Russia and
Ukraine is ongoing and economic crises are being witnessed all over the world, a
phase is beginning in which the maps in the region may be redrawn. Turkey,
because of its strategic position and its hostility to the Kurds, wants to
intervene in this phase and expand its power in the region. Having already
participated in the war in Libya and the Armenian-Azerbaijani war, it wants to
continue to expand its regional power.
The Turkish state is already keeping Rojava permanently under attack. It bombs
and massacres civilians. In Southern Kurdistan, it uses banned chemical weapons.
Can we say that the international silence encourages the state to do so?
It is absolutely necessary to put it this way. The massacre that the Turkish
occupying state has recently committed against the civilian population in the
Zaxo region must be evaluated under several aspects.Incessantly, the areas
around Shehba, Tell Rifaat, Manbij, KobanÍ, Tell Tamer and Zirgan are shelled.
The fascist occupation is directed against the civilian population and the
vanguard of the revolution. One day after the meeting in Tehran, where the
Turkish state tried to get the approval for the new occupation offensive, the
massacre against the civilian population in Southern Kurdistan took place. The
representatives of AKP-MHP fascism talk about the invasion attack every day.
After Tehran, they expressed themselves as follows: "As long as our concerns are
not taken into account, the operation will always be on our agenda."
After the meeting in Tehran, three YPJ commanders, who represent the vanguard of
women in Rojava, were assassinated. This is part of the invasion. As long as the
popular, gender-liberating revolution exists, the Turkish state will also
continue its attacks, because the regional revolution is an existential question
for the state.
Accordingly, our preparations are underway. The organization of the people
against the attacks of the occupiers, also strengthens the organization of the
autonomous administrative system. At the same time, the mobilization of the
organizations against the invasion attack continues.
A state of emergency has been imposed in preparation for the impending
occupation. Can you talk about the situation of the people in northern and
Facing the threat of invasion by the fascist Turkish state, the autonomous
administration declared a mobilization based on the revolutionary people's war.
This mobilization has three main objectives.
There are preparations on a military basis. In the context of strengthening the
resistance of the people against the occupation, organized from the communes to
the councils, the health, social services and economy sectors of the autonomous
administration came to the fore. It is very important that the autonomous
administration calls out this mobilization against the occupation.
So far, there has been strong popular resistance to the occupation in northern
and eastern Syria. Just a few days ago, demonstrations against the occupation
were organized, with thousands of people taking part. Strong actions and events
against the occupation were organized in all areas, from KobanÍ to Qamişlo. The
farewell ceremonies of the three YPJ commanders culminated in the determination
to resist the occupation.
The transformation of the people into an organized power through communes and
councils plays an important role in the preparations for war. What we call the
revolutionary people's war is a phenomenon in which all social groups
participate within the limits of their abilities and possibilities.
In this context, during the organization of anti-occupation actions, hundreds of
people were trained in newly opened community health centers. Self-defense
trainings and neighborhood gatherings in interior security facilities are
different dimensions of resistance to the occupation. We see this war as a war
for existence or non-existence. All forces are preparing accordingly. From here,
we have to organize our own power.
Currently, there is a very strong guerrilla resistance against the invasion
attack on the Medya Defense Zones. We can say that the Turkish state is in a
deadlock. It wants to turn to Rojava to get out of the impasse in the Medya
Defense Zones. If the state meets strong resistance here as well, it will face
even greater difficulties. It is in a difficult process both internally and
externally, both economically and militarily. The communists in Rojava are in a
process of establishing the perspective of action and organization with the
spirit of resistance.
Can you give information about the current work of the communists in Rojava?
Until today, we have acted with the perspective of organizing the defense
against the invasion attacks and strengthening the self-defense of the people.
The Autonomous Administration has called for mobilization against the invasion
attacks. As communists, our main task is, of course, to organize. And this
should be the main axis of mass political activities.
In planning the July 19 events, the celebrations were transformed into a
commitment to self-defense. On July 20, the communist youth of Rojava
commemorated the 33 martyrs of Suruc and at the same time tried to take a stand
against the occupation.
In terms of defending the women's revolution in Rojava, which is shaking the
foundations of patriarchy, organizing women and taking up arms represent the
perspective of how and by what means they will protect the revolution. We carry
out all our work with a socialist-patriotic perspective for self-defense and
protection of the gains of the revolution.
What is your call to the peoples of the region?
The revolution in Rojava has had a 10-year history despite all the attacks. In
addition to the developing and progressive aspects and also the aspects that
were missing in the 10 years, it maintains its character as a gender-liberating
At the center of the attacks is the Turkish state, which is trying to destroy
this system and realize its Ottoman dreams. It is pursuing a policy of war and
occupation, which it wants to extend from Kurdistan to the entire Middle East.
We call on all laborer, oppressed people, women and youth to stand against this
policy of occupation and war. It is necessary to create a united force against
the efforts of the imperialist states to turn this geography into a new zone of
division and against the attack of the patriarchal mentality against the women's
It is necessary to organize the unity and resistance of the oppressed peoples
against Ottoman expansionism and imperialist powers. A resistance movement and a
center of resistance must be created with all the means and methods of war.
Just as the Turkish occupying state and the fascist head of state Erdogan are
expanding their occupation plans to the whole region, we have to expand the
borders of the Rojava revolution and make it a big center of resistance by
expanding it to the whole region.
The Rojava Revolution is alive in its 10th year.
It will live!
The process of fragmentation and colonization of our Kurdistan by the
imperialists, which continued throughout the 20th century, began to change at
the beginning of the 21st century. Bashur and Rojava went down in the history of
Kurdistan as two separate ideological and political entities.
The Federation of Southern Kurdistan, which was established under the leadership
of the KDP and YNK, which determined its own destiny on the basis of NATO and US
cooperation, deepened its cooperation in the process. And it gradually took a
position against and in spite of its people. With its latest collaboration with
the colonialist fascist Turkish state, which has built its existence from the
Ottoman Empire to the present day on the erasure of Kurdistan from history, it
has taken a position on the side of enmity against its people. It gave passage
to occupation and colonialism. There is not even a speck of its progressive
gunpowder left. It surrendered its fate to colonialism.
A period in which the capitalist imperialist system seemed insurmountable, the
history of revolutions was over, class cooperation was propagandized, and calls
for the oppressed to say goodbye to weapons is left behind.
The Rojava revolution entered the history of Kurdistan as an intervention on
behalf of the people, for the people and with the people against colonialism.
In a period when it was seen by the advanced sections of the oppressed that the
class and gender contradiction could not be resolved on the basis of compromise,
the Rojava revolution took its honorable place in the history of the oppressed
as the possibility of a revolutionary solution to the existential crisis of
capitalism. It opened the door to the revolution in Kurdistan and the region.
In its 10th year, our Rojava revolution continues to resist and exist despite
the ideological, political and military siege attacks. It maintains its
persistence and determination to build a new world, a new life and a new human.
We salute our martyrs and veterans, our labouring people,
revolutionary-communist parties and organizations and the fighters who hold the
flag of internationalism high, who took part in the making and building of this
revolution. We share the rightful honor of being the vanguard of oppressed
peoples and genders.
The most fundamental achievements of our revolution are the development of equal
representation of women in all structures, the establishment of a women's army,
the achievement of the alliance of the Kurdish and Arab people, and the creation
of the people's army. These steps taken and the path traveled in the Middle
East, which is a prison for peoples, women and LGBTI+s, are extremely important,
valuable and a historical achievement.
It is the most fundamental task of the day not to allow the problems and
difficulties of the struggle to keep the revolution alive, which requires a
greater ideological, political and military determination than making a
revolution, to break the will of revolutionaries and our peoples. Revolution is
not a magical world. It is the intensification of class and gender struggle. The
preservation of our revolution at this stage necessitates the raise of the
anticapitalist, anti-imperialist struggle.
The achievement of our people's democratic revolution can only be protected with
a perspective that is tied to the goal of socialism. We can defend our Rojava
revolution on a line that is committed to the goal of collective ownership of
the means of production, that is continuous in the struggle against bourgeois
private property, that has deepened in building the social material foundations
of women's freedom, and that has established the law of women's freedom values.
The role of all workers and laborers, especially female workers and house
labouring women, in the governing power must be strengthened. Assemblies and
communes must play their role as the main governing apparatus and the
bureaucratism that emerges in this regard must be fought against.
Our revolution, which grew in the struggle against the occupation, is facing a
new attack of occupation. Our people and all our defense forces have gained
sufficient experience and knowledge from their own history. The guerrilla
resistance is also part of this accumulation.
Our people must take part in this defense with all their strength. We have a
revolution that not only defeated ISIS, which grew up with the support of the
colonialist Turkish state and almost built a state, but also shattered it. Based
on this accumulation, experience and determination, we will uproot colonialism
from our lands by drawing strength from the guerrilla's inspiring resistance. We
have full confidence in our people and their valiant children.
The occupiers will be defeated and once again the resisting peoples will win.
Rojava will win. The Rojava women's revolution against patriarchy will live.
The Syrian peoples must stand with the peoples of Northern and Eastern Syria
against this occupying war and at the same time turn it into an opportunity for
the establishment of a democratic Syria. This occupying war should not be a
process in which the Baathist regime is strengthened or in which hopes in it are
revived. It should be taken as a process of spreading the revolutionary
democratic popular system of Rojava-Northern and Eastern Syria to the whole of
As MLKP Kurdistan, we declare once again that we will act with the same duty and
responsibility today as we took part in the defense and construction of Rojava
yesterday. Our determination to grow the Rojava revolution with the lessons we
learned from the Paris Commune and the October revolution will continue.
We call on the peoples of Kurdistan, Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq, and all the
honorable people of the world to unite around the Rojava revolution and to raise
the revolutionary struggle in their own areas and at the same time to take part
in the trenches of the Rojava revolution. The defense of the Rojava revolution
will be taken from within. But the responsibility of taking this defense from
the region and the world is on the shoulders of all revolutionary subjects,
women and our people.
Long live our Rojava women's revolution. Once again, on the 10th anniversary of
our revolution, we celebrate the revolutionary holiday of all our people.
MLKP - Kurdistan
Invading Turkish Army, Hands Off Southern
The colonialist fascist Turkish state massacred
9 people, including 2 children, in Perex village of Zaxo district of Duhok. 23
people were injured in this bombardment.
The colonialist Turkish state launched a new
offensive operation on April 17 and has so far carried out thousands of
airstrikes against the territory of Southern Kurdistan. It uses chemical weapons
in these attacks. It massacred villagers. It poisons nature with all the livings
Only the guerrilla is resisting this colonial
occupation attack. The positions of resistance were not abandoned. The invading
Turkish army is being repulsed again and again, its advance was stopped.
Dozens of guerrillas were wounded and martyred
in this war of resistance. They suffered permanent damage to their bodies due to
Neither the Southern Kurdistan administration
nor the Iraqi administration took a stance against these attacks of the
colonialist fascist Turkish state. The attacks in Shengal and Maxmur were
approved. The KDP cooperated with the Turkish state in all these attacks.
Despite all the warnings, they remained silent against the invasion attacks of
the Turkish state on Southern Kurdistan and Iraqi territory.
Today, the time for "condemnation" is up. All
our peoples, especially the Kurdish and Arab people, must stand up against the
military operation of the colonialist fascist Turkish state. They must hold the
Turkish state to account. The Iraqi and South Kurdistan administrations must
openly expose the Turkish state and immediately end their military and political
cooperation. Otherwise, they will go down in history as partners in this
massacre in the eyes of the people.
On this day of mourning, we once again express
our solidarity with the Iraqi people and declare our joint struggle against the
We send our condolences to the families of those
who lost their lives in the attack and our speedy recovery wishes to the
Actions on the anniversary of the Suruc massacre
In the 7th year of the Suruc massacre, which happened when hundreds of mostly
young people were going to cross the border to the destroyed KobanÍ on July 20,
2015 to rebuild the city in a large solidarity action, commemorations were held
all around the country. 33 people were killed in this attack initiated by the
Turkish state and carried out by ISIS.
The actions this year were under the sign of remembrance. In addition to
memorial gatherings around the graves of the 33 immortals at the time of the
attack, there were numerous discussion events, art exhibitions, film screenings
and street actions within this framework. After the monthly sit-in in Istanbul-KadikŲy,
the police prevented people from dispersing. Different youth organizations
demonstrated together in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir in the evening and put up
militant resistance against the state power, with more than a hundred young
people being taken into custody.