“The role of women in the revolution brought success and victory”
Emphasizing that women led the Revolution in Rojava, Euphrates Region Intellectuals Union Co-chair Felek Yusif said, “The role of women in the revolution brought success and victory.”
Kobanê – While the people living in North and East Syria have been building a different life under the umbrella of the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), many international and regional forces have been making secret plans and alliances against them. The aim of the armed factions in North and East Syria is to destroy the 19th July Revolution and to perpetuate their presence in the region. Euphrates Region Intellectuals Union Co-chair Felek Yusif evaluated the attacks, threats and alliances against North and East Syria.
“The people refused the monist mentality”
Stating that the Syrian regime imposed the monist mentality on the people in the country before the revolution, Felek Yusif said, “With the revolution, the people refused the monist mentality. For this reason, they rose against this mentality and the spring of the people started. They started building a democratic life so that everyone could live with their culture and identity. However, the Turkish state intensified its brutal attacks after the establishment of the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. They (Turkey) attacked our cities under the name of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS; however, their attacks were repelled by defense forces.
“Women led the revolution”
Drawing attention to the roles of women in the Revolution in Rojava, she said, “As the Kurdish people, we want to govern ourselves. The hegemonic forces and Turkish state, which have supported ISIS, aim to destroy the Democratic Nation project. But the people not only in Rojava but also across North and East Syria resisted ISIS and liberated their region. The people living in the liberated cities established their own assemblies. Women led the revolution; they played an important role in the revolution. The role of the women in the revolution brought success and victory.”
“Silence shows that they have a deal”
Mentioning the silence of the guarantor forces in her speech, Felek Yusif said, “Some forces openly attack us while others secretly nurture enmity towards us. On the one hand, the US announces that it will not give up on the SDF; on the other hand, it does not give up on the Turkish state. Russia, on the other hand, tries to integrate the SDF into the system of the Baathist regime. Every day, the Turkish state targets civilians and kills people of all ages by using its drones. The silence of the hegemonic forces against these attacks shows that they have a deal with the Turkish state.”
“We should define our role in history”
Stating that as the people of North and East Syria, they are determined to resist all kinds of attacks, Felek Yusif said, “Human rights defenders must fulfill their duty of conscience and morality. The 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Lausanne is approaching; a new roadmap will be determined and we should define our role in history according to this roadmap by protecting the efforts of our own martyrs.”