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‘Hands off Afrin’ protest in London says ‘stop arming Turkey’

By Rudaw 1/4/2018
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Protesters took the streets of Westminster in central London on Saturday to demand Turkey withdraw its troops from the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin.

The protesters, chanting “hands off Afrin” and “Turkish state – fascist state,” also called on Britain and EU countries to end their support for Turkey and to stop selling weapons  to Ankara. 

They called on the west to help the Kurds who fought alongside the US-led international coalition to defeat ISIS. 

“The west and particularly EU countries certainly have a debt and definitely a moral debt to the Kurds who have fought and defeated ISIS in Syria and the Middle East, so any declaration of support is necessary right now and it’s needed,” one protester told Rudaw. 

“They are still selling arms to the Turkish government, to the Turkish state. And despite having an incredible human right abuse and violation record, only a few months ago [British Prime Minister] Theresa May signed a £100 million fighter jet deal with [Turkish President] Erdogan.”

Protesters also called on the UK government to repatriate the body of Anna Campbell from Syria. 

Campbell was killed in a Turkish bombardment in Afrin on March 16 while fighting alongside the Kurdish-led YPJ – the all-female arms of the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG).

The 26-year-old had originally joined the YPJ to fight ISIS, but asked her commanders to allow her to fight in Afrin when Turkish forces advanced into the Kurdish canton. She is the first British woman to die fighting with the Kurds in Syria. 

Ankara claims it launched Operation Olive Branch on January 20 with the aim of creating a buffer zone along Turkey’s southern border, pushing back the YPG, which Turkey says is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a named terrorist organization. The groups deny the link. 

Turkish forces and their Syrian proxies seized control of Afrin city on March 18.

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Volkan | 1/4/2018
Stop Arming Turkey??? 80% of the Turkish Weaponary is made in Turkey! Turkey is the 8th strongest military in the world and is 4th largest in man power! Death to the PYD PKK YPG SDF and all their supporter Terrorists!
help the kurds | 2/4/2018
The whole world needs to protest against Turkey. the world leaders r still kissing Erdogan ass.
Mehmet | 6/4/2018
Poor people who don’t understand shit about politics. The west mainly Germany England us have been deliberately arming turkey many times even for free. Why??? Because the very oil rich Arab nations knew that Russians arms were shit and they knew turkey 🇹🇷 threatened their existence, so they were forced to go to the evil roots and buy their weapons from the west. It was a heavy rip off. Turkey 🇹🇷 perfectly misused the west by drawing them on his side. In the end turkey fooled all sides. Instead of becoming stone rich the Muslim nations exchanged their wealth with useless crap because of turkey.

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