Published On: Sun, Nov 2nd, 2014 on 12:46 pm

Rally held in support of Kurdish resistance against ISIS threat

Leeds Rally Against ISIS

Dozens have rallied in Leeds city centre to show solidarity with the Kurdish people of Kobani, who are under attack by militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State.

Held on 1 November as part of the Global Rally Against ISIS, people gathered to oppose the military campaign launched by ISIS against the city of Kobani located in northern Syria.

Tabitha Bast, a co-organiser of the event, said: “This demonstration was one of as many as 60 taking place across the world. We are demanding arms and aids for Kobani, because it’s important we see a resistance against ISIS.”

Campaigners have called Turkey to allow Kurdish forces to equip themselves against ISIS, and have also urged several states and organisations to delist the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as a terrorist organisation.

It is a group formed in the late 1970s that launched an armed struggle against the Turkish government in 1984, calling for an independent Kurdish state within Turkey.

The international coalition who are fighting ISIS, including Turkey, has been scrutinised for not doing enough to aid Kurdish resistance. The UN has also been called to investigate and act upon the situation of kidnapped women by ISIS.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that over 800 people have been killed in the battle for Kobani so far.

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  1. Gary says:

    This is stupid. UK should stay out of foreign land all together. We arm people and they end up becoming the terrorists!

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