A group of pro-Kurdish activists gathered in London's Trafalgar Square on Sunday, commemorating the anniversary of the so-called 'Rojava revolution'.
During the rally, activists held signs denouncing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and waved the flags of various Kurdish groups, including the People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdistan Communities of Women (KJK).
Multiple activists said the demonstration was an attempt to bring awareness to the political project happening inside of Rojava, the name given to Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria.
«It's about real, meaningful democracy. Multi-ethnic, meaningful democracy. Self-determination where people take their own lives in their own hands rather than in this abstract idea of the nation-state. An ecological revolution led by women and youth and building a co-operative economy in the middle of war,» said Nik Matheou, an activist from London Kurdish Solidarity.
«The international solidarity with this revolution, with this system, is crucial for — not just for the survival of this revolution but also for the progress and for the spread of these incredibly important ideas while the world is in crisis,» added Elif Sarican, a member of the Kurdish Women's Movement.
Similar rallies took place internationally on Sunday as part of a 'global action plan' for the date, including several in Germany, the country with the largest Kurdish population in Europe.
July 19 is the date when YPG militants first took control of the Syrian city of Kobani in 2012, marking the beginning of a de facto autonomous region in northern Syria.