IPA News | Nov. 8, 2019

Hundreds of trade union and political party members took to the street of Pretoria on Thursday in protest against Turkey’s military operation against Kurds in Syria.

The protesters first gathered outside the United States embassy to protest against that country’s blockade of Cuba, before they made their way to Turkey’s embassy.

“The picket at the Turkish embassy is for the withdrawal of Turkey and all foreign militaries from their invasion of both the North Eastern region and Syria in general as well as to demand an end to the ethnic cleansing of the Kurdish people.” The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) announced the protests yesterday.

“The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has noted with grave disappointment, that the plight of the Kurdish people in North Eastern Syria continues to worsen daily” @_cosatu tweeted.

“Activists are now invading the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, calling for recognition of the Kurds’ right to self determination, unconditional release of Abdullah Ocalan who has been in prison for 20 years and implementation of the United Nation’s Mandela Rules.”