The Syrian Democratic Council

A statement for the public opinion

The 17th anniversary of the Al- Qamishli uprising will be held on March 12, 2004 that expressed the depth of the popular will rejecting the policies of the authoritarian central regime in Damascus. The uprising in which tens of thousands of our people participated in, starting from Al-Qamishli, to neighborhoods of Damascus, passing through Kobani, Afrin, and areas of Aleppo, demanding their legitimate rights for ending the discriminatory policies and unfair laws against the Kurds in Syria who are one of the most important and original historical components of the people in Syria. The members of the despotic regime in Al-Jazeera caused an intra-regional strife among the components of the same country, using some of its mercenaries in a football match between the Al-Futowa team coming from Deir Ezzor and the local Jihad team in Al-Qamishli, using the armed assault against the spectators in the stadium and verbal attacks against all Kurds in Syria in which one of the main objectives because of those plans at the time was to make the dispute between the old and the new Power Guard and to end the marginalized reforms that are almost negligible, and also for preventing the change and democratic transformation that Syria needs to find solutions for it, foremost of which is a just solution for the Kurdish issue in Syria in accordance with international covenants and conventions within the unity and safety of the country. Despite this, the authoritarian central regime has dealt with this peaceful uprising violently that caused tens of martyrs and wounded.
The members of the Syrian Democratic Council believe that the March 12 uprising, according to the meanings and connotations of renaissance and liberation, was a fundamental basis of the Syrian popular movement starting its eleventh year, and that the lack of integration between the Al- Qamishli uprising at the time and the general parties of the national democratic opposition was considered a wasted opportunity that was going to make a real change nationwide. And despite the fact that it has been 17 years since that popular uprising, and the eleventh of the Syrian popular uprising that started in Houran and spread to all regions of Syria, but the system of central despotism which used severe violence and repression with the Syrian popular movement in mid-March 2011 and before it with the uprising of March 12, 2004, and with that, it affirms that it has not abandoned its authoritarian mentality and is still insisting on reproducing itself according to a highly centralized formula, which in turn holds great responsibility for what the situations in Syria has developed into with some personals and parties affiliated with the Syrian opposition who play abusive roles that are hostile to the democratic cause in Syria and to the most basic patriotic and national rights of the Kurdish people in Syria.
We are as members in the Syrian Democratic Council, and while we bow before the martyrs of the Al-Qamishli uprising in 2004 and all the martyrs of the Syrian popular movement, we confirm that despite the enlargement of the Syrian tragedy, however, the chances for a democratic solution and hope to end the Syrian crisis are not non-existent, rather, it possess strength, safety and stability through the Autonomous Administration model of northern and eastern Syria as a model that dealt a fatal blow to terrorism by the Syrian Democratic Forces and at the same time presented a form that meets the aspirations of the people of Syria dreaming of the change they need. This model is a national opportunity that cannot be wasted, but it is important to deal with it as a matter of historical national responsibility and take care of its share of development and modernization in order to turn into a national model that is spread all over our Syrian country.

March 12, 2021

Syrian Democratic Council