Mick condemns Syria's attack on Kurds

10 October 2019

Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, wrote a letter to Boris Johnson, with a copy to Dominc Raab, the Foreign Secretary, yesterday (Wednesday 9 October) which was also signed by the general secretaries of Unite, the GMB, CWU, NEU, PCS, TSSA, USDAW, EIS, GFTU, RMT, Thompsons solicitors, Prospect, and the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers' Union.

Dear Prime Minister,
We are writing in relation to last Sunday’s appalling announcement by President Trump that
he intends to immediately withdraw US troops from Syria. This is a green-light to a Turkish
military invasion of North and East Syria, which, as we have already seen in Afrin, will
undoubtedly lead to ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Kurds as well as a resurgence of
ISIS.
The international community owes the Syrian Democratic Forces a debt for their sacrifice in
stopping and defeating ISIS and building peace and stability in the region, they are our
friends and allies.
We therefore call on the UK government to immediately condemn Turkey's threats of
invasion and to work with the international community to deploy an international force and
enforce a No-Fly Zone to prevent the imminent catastrophe and protect civilian lives.
If the Turkish invasion is not stopped the SDF will be forced into a long and bitter war for
survival against the second-largest NATO army. In the resulting chaos tens of thousands of
ISIS fighters will escape their current internment and resume their barbaric acts of terror
across the globe.
We demand that the UK government take action to prevent an invasion of North and East
Syria by Turkey and protect the very people who have protected us.
Given the gravity of the situation we would appreciate an immediate response.
Yours Sincerely,
Mick Whelan

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