Kurdish residents of Norway are calling on Norwegian officials to demand more of their NATO ally Turkey, and stop being so “passive” regarding Turkey’s recent invasion of Kurdish territory in Syria. The calls come as they plan more demonstrations this weekend after protesting in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Fredrikstad since early last month.
One recent demonstration in Oslo turned violent but it was followed last weekend by another peaceful protest. This Saturday’s demonstration will, like last week’s, be closely followed by police.
In a published statement in newspaper Dagsavisen this week, the political spokesman for the Kurdisk Demokratisk Samfunnssenter wrote that the Kurdish organizations are only trying to warn that Turkey’s invasion will lead to more violations of human rights, more refugees and a resurgence of IS terrorism. Andam Aziz called on Norway and the EU to stop calling the invasion “a military action.”
He criticized Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide: “We as Norwegian Kurds and friends of the Kurds have had enough of your passive policies towards Turkey. If you really want to stop Turkey, stop exporting weapons, impose sanction and boycott tourism.”