A group of anti-authoritarians staged a protest in solidarity with the people of Afrin and blocked the check-in counter of Turkish Airlines in Macedonia Airport in Thessaloniki on Monday morning.
Aim of the action was to draw attention to the Turkish operation against Kurdish militias and “the upcoming Kurdish genocide in Afrin,” as they said in a statement.
On Sunday, in cooperation with Syrian rebels Turkish Armed Forces took control of Afrin
Fighters waved flags and tore down the statue of a legendary Kurdish figure after claiming the city centre on Sunday.
The two-month Turkish-led operation aimed to rid the border region of a Kurdish militia that Turkey considers a terrorist group.
Activists say 280 civilians have died, although this is denied by Ankara.
“Most of the terrorists have already fled with tails between their legs,” Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said adding “In the centre of Afrin, symbols of trust and stability are waving instead of rags of terrorists.”
I spoke to Arab activists who are on side of Turkish backed Syrian rebels in Afrin enclave. They complain all houses are being looted by rebels. Cars, furniture, tvs &supermarkets all getting stolen. Civilians who stayed behind are scared. Couple of pics emerging from Afrin: pic.twitter.com/5rMCvjaeMT
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) March 18, 2018
Thousands of the 80,000 civilians in the area fled in the last few days joining the long lines of war refugees in the Middle East.