How did so many ordinary people back a regime based on racist violence, even as it ramped up violence against minorities and anyone on the left? “Would I have been seduced by the apocalyptic rhetoric? Would I have been able to hold onto my morals while barbarity became normality? And if the politicians and the powerful acquiesced to the interests of business fueled by racism and division, what could I have done as just one person?” As of 2019, the time to wonder “what would I have done?” is done. Let’s talk about what we can do!
This is a public day of practical and theoretical workshops and discussions about how to resist racism and fascism in the present day, based on the active role of the working class and others targeted by fascism. There will also be stalls, socialising, food and a chance to meet others in the struggle.
All voices, all perspectives, all backgrounds welcome, in a spirit of collective strength and support.
Afterwards: music and socialising at the Library, Cowley Road.
Travel and accessibility: From Oxford railway station, get the number 5 bus and get off at Princess St, Cowley Road. Other buses from central Oxford: 1, 10, U5. Coach from London (Oxford Tube or X90): get off at St Clements – venue is 5 minute walk. Bike racks available at venue. Cafes and supermarkets nearby. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you have other accessibility needs. Please let us know if you require childcare, ideally by 24 November. Attendance is free for all, but donations are welcome to cover costs and help the work of OXAF and the AFN.
In the face of the fascist Turkish state’s genocidal war on the people of Northern Syria and the unashamed complicity of western states, worldwide solidarity with Rojava has been impressive. Countless demonstrations, pickets, blockades and actions have exposed and targetted governments and corporations actively supporting and arming the atrocities being perpetrated by Erdogan’s military and his IS / Jihadist allies. Antifascists and revolutionaries everywhere recognise the need to stand together with the Rojava revolution. Biji Berxwedana Rojava!
The revolution in Northeast Syria will prevail, fascism will be smashed!
At 4pm on October 9th,
the Turkish occupation army and its Islamist allies began their
long-prepared war of aggression against the liberated areas of northern
four o’clock sharp in the afternoon, bombs rained down on people in
towns and villages on the border. Jihadist militias began their advance
under the leadership of the Turkish army and tried to penetrate into the
border area. Turkey is talking about a “military operation” aimed at
“securing the border” and establishing a so-called “peace corridor”, but
the fact is that the Turkish army and the Islamist mercenaries under
its command are concerned with nothing less than the occupation of the
mostly Kurdish populated entire area along the Turkish-Syrian border.
The regime in Ankara speaks of the “fight against terrorism” and
emphasizes that their war of aggression is not about the war on the
civilian population, but indiscriminate bombing of civilian settlements,
looting and mass deportations of hundreds of thousands of people,
arbitrary executions and the brutal abduction of hundreds of civilians
speak a different language. The further the war against northern Syria
progresses, the more it becomes clear, what Erdogan is really about,
namely ethnic cleansing through the violent expulsion of millions of
people and the long-term demographic change of the entire region.
the north of Syria, in the shadow of the Syrian civil war, a
revolutionary and democratic social project has thrived in the past
seven years that has been a thorn in the side of the region’s powers and
imperialist states from the very beginning. The societies of
Northeastern Syria established their own self-government and created an
oasis of peace, based on the equal coexistence of all groups of the
local population, the liberation of women, an ecological economy and
radical democracy. The Democratic Federation of Northeast Syria has
become a living example of a peaceful and democratic future for the
Middle East, beyond local despotism and foreign rule. Finally, the
defense forces of the peoples of northeastern Syria, the Syrian
Democratic Forces, succeeded in smashing the last remnants of the
Turkish-based IS caliphate.
Islamist militias, most of them fighters of the Islamic State and
al-Qaeda, are advancing again with the Turkish occupation offensive in
northern Syria and spreading fear and terror. The states of the
International Coalition, above all the United States of America, have
paved the way for the Turkish war of aggression with their coordinated
withdrawal of troops. They gave away their former allies to destruction
and sacrificed the peoples of northeastern Syria to their filthy
interests. The states of the world have agreed to close their eyes while
the Turkish occupation army and its jihadists are committing a genocide
with NATO weapons.
we will not stand by and witness in silence the massacres that take
place in the eyes of the world today. Only a broad and resistant
anti-war movement will stop this war. Just as people were pouring
worldwide into the streets against the Vietnam War or the US invasion of
Iraq in 2003, the conscience of humankind must rise in revolt today in
the face of the Turkish barbarism in northern Syria.
On November 1st, 2014, millions of people around the entire world took to the streets for a day to express their solidarity with the heroic resistance of Kobanê. We call for this year’s November 2nd to be a day of global resistance against the Turkish War of Aggression, to break the normal situation and to paralyze life. Participate in creative and diverse actions of civil disobedience, demonstrations, and many more, and take over the streets and public spaces.
As long as the killing continues, the resistance must not stop.