AZIZ KOILO OGLO
NEWS DESK –The Kurdish people in Afrin, or as the elderly people of the region (Irvine), moved from rural life to civil life about 5300 years ago. In addition to their long standing knowledge of the civilization, the Kurds in Afrin were able to establish a religious, intellectual and religious structure. History states that they identified 12 gods, and built many temples, such as the Ain Dara Temple.
The citadel of the Horians as well as the city built under the castle was considered as the center of the region during the rule of the Hittites and Romans after them. According to many historians, the Kurds moved to urban life in the areas of the Mediterranean basin and the Taurus Mountains, and archaeological and historical ruins in the region prove this.
This is the case in the region in general and not only in Afrin, such as the areas of Qarakhan, Islahia, Erzin and Dort Yul, although the Turkish state has practiced systematic projects to change the demographics in these areas. For 200 consecutive years, from the time of the Ottoman Empire until now, the region has been systematically subjected to attempts to change the population structure. In the framework of this policy brought the Ottomans large numbers of Circassians and housed them in the area of Manbij. In earlier stages, they brought large numbers of Tats from northern Azerbaijan and housed them in the areas of al-Shahba. They also brought in Arab tribes from various regions to settle them in the area, and attempts to change the population structure also included the resettlement of Turkmen groups in the region.
For 200 years the Turkish / Ottoman state sought to end the Kurdish presence in areas west of the Euphrates River through various genocidal policies and to change the demographics. To this end, many of the Caucasian peoples’ groups were brought to the region. Not only that, but in the 1900s to settle many of the people of the Balkans Islamic, which considered itself an Ottoman, in the regions of Arzangan, Sivas, Maltia, Marash, Delok, Aleppo .All these practices were carried out within the framework of a plan to settle other peoples in any place where a large population of a particular population lived and, if necessary, the indigenous peoples of the region were displaced from their areas. The Turkish state stepped up and accelerated the implementation of this scheme after 1920 and adopted this plan as a strategic policy against the Kurds in the areas of western Euphrates, this policy began in Sivas and continued with the massacre of Marash.
Despite all forms of oppression and persecution, attempts to displace the Kurdish people and change the population structure in the region by the Turkish / Ottoman state and Syria, the Kurdish people, the indigenous people of this land, resisted and did not abandon their land.
After the Turkish occupation of the areas of al-Shahba, they robbed and looted 196 Kurdish villages in the region and forced the Kurds to flee. Instead of the Kurds, they have organized jihadist groups from the Ugoz, China and Turkmenistan. The policy of emptying the area of the Kurds is still in force in the region so far. Those who refuse are threatened with death and arrest.
For 40 days, the Turkish occupation state has launched a brutal attack on Afrin’s area with the aim of genocide, pillage and looting, as well as changing the composition of the population. The dictator of the Turkish state, Erdogan, has clearly and explicitly expressed these intentions. Erdogan says he plans to house displaced people in Turkey in Afrin, Afrin, one of the least populated areas in Syria. More than 90 percent of Afrin residents remained in their land during the war years in Syria. On the contrary, thousands of people from other Syrian regions such as Hama, Aleppo, Homs, Deir ez-Zor, al-Raqqa and Idlib took refuge in Afrin. The people of Afrin received the residents of Syrian cities fleeing the war and welcomed them. Afrin was a safe area over 7 years of war in Syria. All those who appealed for peace and security went to live in the area of Afrin. The commander of the Turkish forces, who leads the military attack on Afrin Ismail Matin, admits: “Syria’s rich people live happily in Afrin. Seven years ago there was not a single bullet fired in Afrin.” This recognition clearly reveals the reality of the Turkish state’s aims to plunder the region, destabilize it and change the population structure.
For two continuous centuries, the Turkish-Ottoman state has done all it can to end the Kurdish presence in the western parts of the Euphrates. The massacres of genocide have been committed, forced displacement, pillage and looting. The same political situation continues in Afrin. The Turkish state has so far occupied Kurdish villages on the border, and these villages have been completely evacuated.
The question is whether the Kurdish people will consistently accept the policy of genocide that has been going on for 200 years and is now being carried out against Afrin?
Or will this people eliminate this political situation in Afrin and open the way to the freedom of the Kurdish people everywhere?