Kurds, Turkish Cypriots …  common fate, struggle

Catalan writer and activist Faran Taberner says there has been a kind of solidarity between Kurds and Cypriots for hundreds of years as a result of Turkish discrimination and injustice. Although their struggle is not identical, they encourage equality and reject the Turkish occupation.


The American Global Post site highlighted the relationship between the Kurds and the Turkish Cypriots and the injustice and discrimination they suffered by the successive Turkish regimes.

the report said that Turkey's political, diplomatic and military tendencies are a flagrant reality of the geopolitical map of southeastern Europe, Anatolia and the Middle East, and the people of Cyprus and Kurdistan witness it more than all and stand in the face of continued Turkish repression."

The report also notes that since the invasion of Cyprus in 1974, Turkey has remained shamelessly occupying the north of the island, which has categorically refused to recognize the Turkish occupation. Adding the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" is based on a false claim by Turkey linked to the Turkish Cypriot race.

The reports  confirms that the Kurds have a story with the Turkish woe that dates back in history much more earlier. The Kurds won the unfortunate title of being the largest ethnic group in the world without a state. Kurdistan is divided between Iraq, Syria, Iran and of course Turkey. According to the CIA World Facts more than 20 million people are Kurds in Turkey.

According to the report, it is important to note that over the centuries, the Kurds in Turkey have been largely integrated into Turkish society, but have not been fully assimilated. The Kurdish language has been curtailed and the free expression of their culture was prevented. Kurds still feel that they are second-class citizens in Turkey and continue to this day.

Ottoman Empire

The report notes that the Ottoman Empire was a regional superpower in its time. Its influence extended from Crimea to the Arabian Peninsula, to North Africa and to the Balkans to the gates of Vienna. While the Turkish Republic was founded in 1923 by the Treaty of Lausanne, the spirit of the Ottomans still prevails in the rulers of Ankara, especially when it comes to controversial geopolitical issues, such as Cyprus and the Kurds.

For many in the West and elsewhere, the Battle of Mlazkurd 1071 will be either vague or unknown. However, this was a crucial moment for Anatolia.

Before the battle of 1071, the area was under the control of the Byzantines. The victory of the Seljuk armies of Byzantium in 1071 meant the arrival of a new order and a new culture.

Europe, the Middle East and North Africa will not be the same

The tragic paradox, according to the report, is that the Kurds, unlike the Turks, are the inhabitants of that original region. It is clear that they are different people who can be identified through their different culture from Turkish culture which was sprang before 1071 from Central Asia.

The tragedy of Cyprus

If we move away from Kurdistan and from the West to the Mediterranean, we find the tragedy of Cyprus, "There is a shocking development in the story that the identity of the Turkish Cypriots is a modern artificial structure, inspired by both Ankara and London, without any impact on actual ethnic history.

The Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 was a brutal and opportunistic move by Ankara. It was a story drawn up by the Turkish government to claim that there were "Turkish Cypriots". In fact, there are no Turkish Cypriots or Greek Cypriots known for race or blood.

This fabrication ignores the imaginary history of Lenobambaki, a historic Christian community that existed for centuries in Cyprus before the Ottoman invasion of the island in the sixteenth century.

In an attempt to withstand the subsequent Ottoman persecution, Lenobamba absorbed elements of Islamic culture, while retaining its original Cypriot identity.

By the late 19th century, the Ottoman Empire, which had been diagnosed as a "sick man of Europe", was in decline. As a result, the British, then imperialists, entered Cypriot life by establishing a reserve. With the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the British turned it into a full annexation.

The British were happy to manipulate the vague notion of separate Turkish and Greek Cypriot identities in an attempt to decrease the popularity of the Cypriot movements on the island. This was an outrageous attempt to try to divide and take over British imperialism,  according to the report .

"The report added," At the time of the Turkish invasion in 1974 (after Britain granted Cyprus independence in 1960), both British and Turkish occupying entities were happy to spin the threads of the Turkish Cypriot identity."

In an effort to strengthen its hold on the northern half of the island, Ankara has begun to encourage migration to Cyprus from Anatolian territory. As a result, Ankara has ensured that it has flooded northern Cyprus with thousands of illegal Turkish settlers.

The native Turkish Cypriots, Lenopambaki grandchildren, were forced out of their homes, land and farms as a result of Ankara's aggressive tactic.

As a result, many Turkish Cypriots want complete independence from Turkey and the removal of illegal Turkish settlers after 1974 from Anatolia to northern Cyprus. They look forward to reuniting with their Greek Cypriot brothers. Not Ankara. Not Athens. But Cyprus.

A similar conflict

It is fair to say that there is a parallel between the struggle of the Kurds and the struggle of the Turkish Cypriots. Both are currently facing the policy of Turkish hostility (New-Ottomans). To this day, Ankara has maintained strict policies against both.

The report emphasizes that it is also fair to say that both the Kurdish and Cypriot conflict against Turkey has a great tradition.

In 1833, the Ottomans had to contain the revolution of Ghafour Imam, a Cypriot and part of the Lenopambaki community, against the tax system imposed by the Ottomans on the island. This popular revolution tried to unite all Cypriots under the banner of fair treatment for all islanders.

Despite the failure of the Imam's Revolution, it clearly demonstrates a historical health opposition between "Turkish Cypriots" (Lenopambaki) and the spiteful instincts of Turkey / the Ottoman Empire.

On the Kurdish issue, more recent bloody example of Turkish repression occurred in the early 20th century when the Turks brutally suppressed the Dêrsim Revolution (Sied Riza) in 1937-38 in northern Kurdistan (eastern Turkey). Thousands of Kurds were massacred in retaliation by Ankara, they shamelessly demonstrated a bloody tradition of hostile emotions.

The struggle for community existence

The struggle, protests, revolution and organized resistance continued against all injustices during the late twentieth century and into the twenty-first century.

A prominent example is the PKK since 1978, when the PKK took part in an armed conflict with the Turkish state in an attempt to overcome Turkey's continued repression of Kurdish rights, culture and language in pursuit of independence and equal rights.

In recent years, Turkey's continued repression of Kurds was at its summit. In 2016, a large number of leaders of the Democratic People's Party, led by Salah al-Din Dimirtash, were imprisoned under the pretext of supporting  PKK.

The Kurdish interests

Organizations such as the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (KNK) continue to work for the interests of the Kurds and to highlight Turkish repression and human rights abuses. The organization consists of representatives of political parties, social, cultural and religious institutions of Kurdistan and independent individuals.

KNK was founded for the purpose of forming a high body of the Kurdish people. It consists of various community committees active on topics such as foreign  relations, environmental issues, women's rights and culture.

At the same time, in Cyprus, the World Union of Turkish-Speaking Cypriots (WUTC) was established to fight for the rights of all Cypriots in the face of Turkish aggression and the influx of settlers from Anatolia.

WUTC is a non-governmental organization that practices the pressure for Turkish Cypriots on the international scene. Apart from its political activities, the WUTC has various committees, as well as an educational institution called Fazil Onder Academy, an organization related to traditional intangible heritage activities.

Irrespective of criticism, Ankara's crimes in the Mediterranean still remain

In 2011, Turkish Cypriots launched an important anti-Turkish demonstration in response to Ankara's economic austerity measures.

In Cyprus, at the beginning of this year, Turkish Cypriot newspaper Afrika criticized the Turkish aggression against the Kurds in Syria. The newspaper "Africa", which is often anti-selectivity and strongly criticizes Erdogan, on the front page: "Another occupation of Turkey" and drew similarities with the Turkish occupation of Cyprus.

There were many tragic events that led to thousands of Turkish Cypriots demonstrating against Turkey's presence on the island. Thousands of Turkish Cypriots went to the streets of northern Nicosia, saying, "We want our country back.'

During these events, international bodies and institutions issued statements of solidarity with the newspaper "Africa"

There is unquestionable solidarity between the Kurds and the Cypriots, built on hundreds of years of Turkish discrimination and injustice. While their struggle is not identical, they share a common theme: promoting dignity, equality and human rights, and rejecting Turkish arrogance.



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