HPC system in Rojava has its full structure at all levels, as a cell that has established itself or built itself in every council and institution and within each category and community, given the circumstances of the war that led them to protect themselves as a society protected by its own will. Therefore, the formation of civilian units from within the community itself to protect themselves came out with remarkable results in particular after the historic battle in Kobani to this day.
Society Protection Forces - HPC
In the social concept of Rojava, HPC is first and foremost a consciousness and attitude of society, when the question of its existence, identity and culture is at risk and under threat, and thus defense and protection are the most necessary and sacred to carry out in such circumstances, and are not excluded from segments of society. It is a sacred duty for all, women, men, elders and youth.
Whereas the Syrian regions inside were subjected to displacement, displacement, killing and extermination by terrorism and regional, international and local forces for their commercial interests, the people in Rojava and northern Syria were increasing their protection system in every neighborhood, village and city, committees emerged and formed protection units until they reached regular, people-backed forces at every step of their war against terrorism and forces threatening their values.
Society Protection Force (HPC) became a cohesive official community force after their first conference held in Rumailan town in early 2015 and officially announced the establishment of the Society Protection Force (HPC) to protect cities and villages.
The mission of these forces is to support the fighters of the People and Women Protection Units (YPG, YPJ) and the Internal Security Forces (ISF) and conduct patrols and protect areas and villages in coordination with the ISF.
HPC and its prominent role in Sheikh Maksoud, Afrin and al-Raqqa
The Sheikh Maqsud neighborhood of Aleppo, where the components of the Syrian people of all nationalities and religions joined together and witnessed historical resistance in the face of both tyranny and terrorism, has become a model for the popular war and the protection of society for its values. Since the attacks of mercenaries on the neighborhood at the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 and the response of the people to them women, men and youth and the martyrdom of Kali Salmo after his resistance, the neighborhood has become an icon in protection and legitimate defense.
In Afrin, HPC evolved into a legitimate popular war
The people played a major role in substantive protection, and community protection forces increased their members by joining most of the residents to the resistance against the Turkish occupation, to support the forces on the fronts and to maintain security within the canton and the associated areas. After 58 days of unequal warfare and fierce resistance, these forces and units have turned into a new phase of popular warfare, to this day continue to strike the dens of terrorism, mercenaries and the occupying Turkish army in every neighborhood, village and road in the canton of Afrin and the formation of mobile forces of the people to strike the occupation everywhere Inside and outside the canton.
Al-Raqqa … HPC is a guarantee to eliminate the remaining terrorist cells
After the Syrian Democratic Forces, with the support of the International Coalition, eradicated ISIS geographically, its war entered a new phase of combing and chasing the remaining and scattered cells in the liberated areas. These cells aim to destabilize and create strife and strife among their clans and intimidate the inhabitants as much as possible in revenge for the heinous defeat against their presence and organization threatening the Syrian people and the whole world.
In addition to the security forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces in the area of al-Raqqa, al-Tabqa, Deir-ez-Zor and its countryside, it was necessary for the people to engage in protection and mobilize against terrorism that destroyed their cities and villages. Therefore, Al-Raqqa Civic Council formed its own defense and security committees for each council and its Commune associated with the Community Protection Forces in 2017, to support security forces in maintaining security in refugees' camps and urban neighborhoods from the dangers of dormant cells and self-regulation of the security situation within the city autonomously.
Women play a prominent role in HPC
The primary goal of the forces is to educate the people on Self-Protection to ward off any danger and because they have been able to train and educate most of the people on the idea of HPC and weapons if it is forced to defend, the biggest role here was for women in society.
Women in these forces exceeded 60% and formed special protection battalions for women in each of Rojava and northern Syria. Their role in training women to take up arms and learning how to use them requires prior intellectual training on the protection, legitimate defense and violence against women by the male authority.
The society of Rojava and northern Syria have the full characteristics of the revolutionary people, who are ready for legitimate defense and popular war against any threat to their existence. This is evident after the Turkish state threatened to launch attacks on the region, where thousands of men, women and youth came out in the clothes of HPC after completing their courses of intellectual and military training.