The Democratic Socialists of America stand in solidarity with the people of Syria as they face an egregious military incursion by Turkey.

Turkey was founded on the genocide of Kurds, Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks, and the ideology that led to that genocide continues to thrive in modern Turkey. The Turkish state and government is defined by highly reactionary and oppressive politics, combining Islamist extremism with nationalist chauvinism. This policy is evident in its highly oppressive treatment of ethnic minorities, activists and dissidents in Turkey today, which has seen thousands of journalists, teachers, judges and others persecuted.

The chaotic and unstable situation in Syria, created under the careless watch of the United States and now dramatically worsening owing to the reckless decision to abruptly withdraw from the region, has provided a window for Turkey to invade, and raises the spectre of ethnic cleansing and occupation.

We stand with all those resisting the chauvinism, nationalism and Islamist violence perpetrated by the Turkish state and military, and call on people everywhere to demand boycott and divestment of Turkish companies and to disrupt Turkish events everywhere.

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Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)