Declaration of an Autonomous Zone by ZAD NDDL in Solidarity with KurdistanAD


To those who resist in Kurdistan

We follow what is happening in ‪#‎Turkey‬. We express our support against the offensive of the Turkish state. This reaction of declaring war is due to election results that do not please the President and against the will of a people to organize horizontally.

We have heard your call to declare ourselves also an autonomous municipality, and across borders and mountains, also we wish to respond.

We follow closely the process of democratic confederalism underway in Kurdistan.

We feel close to you in the search for self-organization outside of a Nation State project, and the in the establishment of horizontal structures.

We admire the process involving all people without religious criteria, ethnic, etc., when we know that states still carry policies of assimilation or annihilation.

We share with you the critical role of the women’s movement and the place of the‪#‎LGBT‬ movement in the struggle.

Finally we respect your self-defense principles and your strategic independence.

We speak from ZAD (“Defending Zone”) of Notre Dame des Landes, France, which is illegally occupied in opposition to a proposed development of the territory since 2009, in a struggle that has existed for 45 years against a Airport project. We have pushed the work of trying, and then resisted the evictions in 2012, thanks to various vigilante practices.

Today, hundreds of people from multiple backgrounds continue to live and to organize themselves in self-management in formal and informal ways. Attempts to reclaim ways to heal, feed, defend themselves against justice, housing, and communism of knowledge, resources, structures, and share it with other struggles.

What is being built in Kurdistan, already attacked by the Islamic State, is now being crushed under the Turkish bombs. The French State, when seeking heroes against IS, had a mouthful of praise for the Kurds, but today supports Erdogan’ shameful ‘counterterrorism’ war which continues to kill and repress Kurdish activists. We declare ourselves ready to help you!

Solidarity with the people of ‪#‎Bakur‬ (Northern Kurdistan), especially besieged cities!

Solidarity with the Kurds attacked by Turkish nationalists!

Solidarity with ‪#‎Rojava‬ (West Kurdistan)!

ZAD Nadir:



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