TJK-E: Reckoning with sexism, militarism and racism

The Kurdish women’s movement TJK-E is calling for protests to mark the anniversary of the murders of Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez in Paris. On 6 January, there will be rallies in front of French consulates, and on 9 January, demonstrations.

9 January marks the 8th anniversary of the Paris killings. On 9 January 2013, the Turkish fascist Ömer Güney, hired by the Turkish secret service MIT, shot dead the three Kurdish revolutionaries Sakine Cansız (Sara), Fidan Doğan (Rojbin) and Leyla Şaylemez (Ronahî) in the Kurdistan Information Office. The murders in Paris were a provocation to the dialogue process between the Turkish government and the Kurdish representative Abdullah Öcalan, which had begun at the same time. The Kurdish Women’s Movement in Europe (Tevgera Jinên Kurd li Ewropayê, TJK-E) states in its appeal on this: “The fascist forces that profit from the existence of the Kurdish question wanted to sabotage the solution of the Kurdish question in this way. It was an attack aimed at preventing a democratic solution of the Kurdish question. It was a misogynist attack, an attack on the Kurdish people, on the values of freedom and democracy.”

European states partly responsible

The women’s movement stresses that such an attack would not have been possible without the support of “various forces in France and Europe”. It assigns direct co-responsibility for the murders to “European states” and the French government of the time. The TJK-E concludes: “The French government, because of its responsibility, must announce and condemn the remaining culprits.”

Guilty parties must be held accountable

It goes on to say, “The perpetration of the MIT behind the Paris killings is so well proven by many evidences uncovered in years of struggle by the Kurdish women’s movement, the Kurdish people and their friends that they have also found their way into the police files and the indictment. But the perpetrators have not been punished! For this reason, our eight-year struggle for justice continues and will continue until the guilty are held accountable.”

Those who remain silent make themselves accomplices

“We know that every crime against humanity that happens in Kurdistan and the Middle East is also the responsibility of the states that stand by Turkey, who remain silent and make themselves accomplices. If the Paris massacre had not gone unpunished, the Turkish state would not have occupied Efrîn and Serêkaniyê and would not have had Kobanê attacked. Şengal, whose population has experienced the tragedy of the 21st century, would not now have to face a similar threat again. The Turkish state would not have had the audacity to spread its mercenary troops from Libya to Armenia throughout the Middle East. If Erdoğan had been branded as the perpetrator of the murders of the three women revolutionaries, Sêvê, Pakize and Fatma, Hevrîn Xelef and Mother Akide in Rojava, Mother Asya and her granddaughter Evîn in Mexmûr and hundreds of other women would not have been murdered.”

TJK-E points to its campaign “100 Reasons to Condemn the Dictator” and states: “Erdoğan gave the order for the Paris massacre, he must be condemned!” The movement also calls for femicide to be recognised as a crime against humanity.

9 January – The day of reckoning with sexism, militarism and racism.

While rallies and wreath-laying ceremonies will take place in front of French consulates on 6 January, larger demonstrations and actions will be mobilised on 9 January. The women declare: “9 January is the day when we break all the walls and borders set up by the patriarchal system. 9 January is the day of reckoning with sexism, militarism and racism. 9 January is the day we make the promise to deliver justice through our struggle.”

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