The autonomous Kurdish region of Rojava’s international community has declared support for the Baloch national liberation movement. This announcement comes amid ongoing tensions and resistance against “state oppression” in Balochistan, as highlighted in their detailed statement.
In the statement, the Rojava Kurds highlighted the similarities between the Baloch and Kurdish struggles, acknowledging the challenges both nations face under “oppressive” regimes. They reflected on the historical experiences of various ethnic groups in the region, such as the Kurds, Armenians, and Druze, who have endured colonial and state-imposed violence.
The statement specifically referred to the impact of British colonialism in shaping the modern state system during the 19th and 20th centuries. This development led to the formation of Pakistan and the integration of Iran into this framework. This historical development, according to the Rojava Kurds, played a critical role in subjugating various nations and stripping them of their rights to land, identity, and self-governance.
The Rojava Kurds particularly praised the recent Baloch women-led long march, recognizing it as a symbol of resistance against the patriarchal state system. They noted that such resistance, especially in the face of violence against Baloch women in Iran and Pakistan, is crucial in the struggle for freedom.
The statement also highlighted the pivotal role of women in defending societal values, emphasizing that women’s resistance is essential in forming a free society. This aligns with Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan’s vision of the current era as the century of women.
The Rojava Kurds affirmed that the revolutionary fire currently burning in Kurdistan, Rojava, Iran, and Balochistan would soon spread its influence widely. They advocated for the necessity of self-defense and establishing alliances amidst their struggle, rejecting any hope from the occupying states and global imperial powers.
The Rojava Kurds concluded their statement by emphasizing the significance of the Baloch freedom struggle and the courage of Baloch women. They expressed that the Baloch movement not only provides hope but also strengthens the resolve of those fighting for freedom, equality, and democracy in Rojava, Kurdistan, and across the Middle East