On January 20, 2018, the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries launched a barbaric attack on Afrin canton, and used all types of heavy weapons and aircraft, which led to the martyrdom of hundreds of civilians, and caused the displacement of tens of thousands of their homes, amid the occupation's demographic change operations, committing violations and crimes for civilians and the nature of Afrin.
Today, with the second anniversary of the start of the attacks on Afrin, the Syrian Democratic Council issued a statement of public opinion, denouncing the crimes of the occupation against the people of Afrin, and said: Afrin was the safest area in Syria, and it received many displaced people from different Syrian regions before Turkey launched its attacks.
The text of the statement is:
On this day of the year 2018, the Turkish occupation forces, armed with all kinds of heavy weapons, participated with the factions of the so-called Free Army, with their barbaric aggression on the city of Afrin, which led to the death of hundreds, the displacement of tens of thousands, and practicing of the scorched earth policy, through ground bombing operations and the airspace, and the subsequent demographic change, systematic forced displacement, pillage and looting by mercenaries of the Turkish state.
From the beginning, Turkey was a major regional player, and it has its goals and eternal dream. The Justice and Development Government is seeking to restore the Ottoman Sultanate.
It was clear to everyone the Turkish ambitions in the Syrian lands, despite the politicians ’continuous attempts to show sympathy and pretend to weave relations on the basis of good neighborliness, but the turns that swept political life in the country were sufficient to show Turkish ambitions, since the beginning of the Syrian crisis that started in 2011 Irrefutably their colonial intentions and nostalgia for the Ottoman past emerged with the occupation of Jarabulus and al-Bab and Azaz , and their hidden hatred towards the peoples of the region on the pretext of preserving their borders, forgetting that their country is a source of terrorism, a center for terrorists, from all parts of the earth, and has become a safe passage for the transit of terrorist organizations to Syria.
Afrin was one of the safest area in Syria, as it received many displaced people from different Syrian regions, but after the Turkish attack, Afrin became one of the most regions that witnessed violence and clashes, looting, vandalism, destruction and demographic change, where thousands are displaced from different regions of Syria, especially from Idlib and their settlement in Afrin, and in light of great international silence
We in SDC and at a time when we remember this tragic disaster with great sadness against our people in Afrin, we appeal to the international community, the Security Council, the Human Rights Organization, the coalition countries, and the Russian Federation to end the Turkish occupation of Afrin, and the return of their forcibly displaced people to their homes, and we also we demand our people in Syria to join hands, stand hand in hand, and declare a comprehensive liberation war for the lands occupied by Turkey, foremost of which is Afrin resistance, and we pledge to our people in Afrin that we continue in the political struggle, and in all international forums, and support our heroic forces to liberate Afrin, which will remain of our priority, in any political solution to the Syrian crisis in the next stage.
Mercy for the martyrs, long live the resistance of Afrin. "