Political activist: Turkish occupation must be pushed out the Syrian territories

The Syrian researcher and political activist, Marah al-Bikai, pointed out that what Syrian refugees are experiencing in Turkey is considered to be outside the law. She commended the movement in northwestern Syria and stated that it could be used to demand the withdrawal of the Turkish occupation army from Syrian territory. Al-Bikai also called for Syrians to unite their efforts and capabilities.

Political activist: Turkish occupation must be pushed out the Syrian territories
8 July 2024   07:59

Over the past few days, there have been continued racist Turkish attacks on Syrian refugees in the state of Kayseri in the center of the country, which have extended to the cities in northern Syria occupied by Turkey and other Turkish cities. 

Video clips and pictures circulating on social media show Turkish attacks on Syrian shops, homes, and cars, involving burning, smashing, stone-throwing, and even stabbings and killings.

Illegal Actions

The Syrian researcher and activist, Marah al-Bikai, spoke to ANHA's agency about this issue, stating: “The actions of the Turkish racists towards Syrian refugees are not only violations of local law, but are also considered direct attacks on peaceful and defenseless civilians, which are in breach of international law. The law protects refugees when they are in a neighboring country and have been forced to seek refuge due to security or humanitarian concerns in their home country. It is the duty of the host country to protect them from any potential harm.”

She further elaborated, “There are various reasons contributing to this situation, including the economic conditions in Turkey, which fuel the animosity that some Turkish citizens harbor towards foreigners whom they perceive as competing for jobs and resources. However, this does not apply to Syrian refugees, as they are financially supported by the United Nations and the European Union if they are unable to work. These organizations provide substantial aid to Turkey to assist in accommodating the refugees. On the other hand, many Syrian refugees are employed and have their own businesses, demonstrating their ability to integrate successfully into new societies.”

Popular movements can be utilized to demand Turkey's withdrawal from Syria.

 Meanwhile, the regions in northwestern Syria occupied by Turkey and its mercenaries have seen movements and protests against the Turkish presence. Seven people were killed during the suppression of these protests, mainly by bullets from the occupying forces in Afrin, where the Turkish governor’s headquarters is situated.

In response, Marah al-Bikai highlighted that the popular movements in northwestern Syria against discriminatory Turkish practices are legitimate peaceful demonstrations. Syrian citizens have the right to express their opinions and demand their rights as refugees, safeguarded by the international community and the UN's recognized right to asylum.

The Syrian researcher and political activist emphasized that these developments, particularly the popular movement, can be harnessed to advocate for the withdrawal of Turkish forces from Syrian territory and to internal opposition organization. She pointed out the internal chaos within the opposition in terms of administration, finance, and weaponry.

Issues are pending before the path of rapprochement between Damascus and Ankara.

All of these developments came after messages exchanged between the Damascus government and the Turkish occupation, regarding reaching a rapprochement between the two parties.

Marah al-Bikai said, “The rapprochement between Ankara and Damascus has been expected for some time, because many indicators suggest that Turkey, with pressure and mediation from Russia, will return to almost normal relations with Damascus. This is what we emphasize, that it is also under Russian pressure and with an undeclared desire on the part of Iran. This means that this alliance between Iran, Russia, and Damascus is what helped relations between Ankara and Damascus return to an acceptable state of normalization and a return to the previous relations between the two capitals.”

She added, “But there are many pending matters before returning to normal relations. The Damascus government’s condition is the complete withdrawal of Turkish forces from Syrian territory and non-interference in Syrian affairs. On the other hand, Ankara wants to help the Syrian opposition, but at this stage I do not see that Turkey will continue to put pressure on Damascus for a political transition, because the tone of the government in Ankara and President Erdogan in particular speaks of normalization for nothing.”

Syrians must unite their capabilities

Syrian researcher and political activist Marah al-Bikai concluded her speech by saying: “The lesson that the Syrians must learn from is to unite their efforts, capabilities, and goals for a change in Syrian political life and a transitional process that is in the interest of the entire Syrian people, east and west. The entire Syrian people want change in Syria and the transition to a new phase of political life in which there is pluralism and recognition of the other and the many nationalities present on Syrian lands, all of whom are members of the Syrian people, in which there is governance, the rule of law, and an integrated democratic process governed by transparency in performance, accountability, and responsibility.”

T/ Satt.