Syria: Women’s march in Afrin condemns Turkey’s ‘Olive Branch’

Thousands of women took to the streets of Afrin in northern Syria on Tuesday to protest against Turkey's military campaign in the region. Protesters held banners reading, «Erdogan is the killer of civilians» and «Afrin is our ancestors' land» as they marched down the Afrin streets 25 days after the start of 'Olive Branch' campaign. Several female activists and politicians were among protesters... Еще with one, Hadya Mohammed, Co-Chair of the Constituent Assembly of the Northern Democratic Federation of Syria, saying, «We condemn these attacks and say if only women remain in Afrin, we will not allow the city to fall.» Others mirrored similar sentiments with Asia Abdullah, Co-Chair of the Movement for Democratic Society stating, «Afrin was able to withstand for 25 days.» Women's willpower was put on display as Hevi Mustafa, Co-chair of the Executive Committee in the Afrin Region, proclaimed, «Today women decide their fate again.» The march took place amid continuing military operation by Turkish forces in the region. The Turkish military started launching airstrikes and rockets on Kurdish positions in Afrin shortly after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the launch of the military operation dubbed 'Olive Branch.' The Turkish President also declared that the next destination for Turkish forces would be Syria's Manbij. Turkey views the People's Protection Units (YPG), which is active in northern Syria, as an extension of the banned militant group Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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