Over 1,000 Kurds march in protest from Lausanne to Geneva

Around 1,200 Kurds began a protest march in Lausanne on Monday against the Turkish bombing of Afrine, a Kurdish enclave in Syria. The group plans to walk in several stages to Geneva, where they plan a demonstration in front of the UN Palais des Nations.   The protesters initially gathered in the centre of Lausanne, before moving to the lakeside port of Ouchy, where the official march began. Their starting point was the Palais de Rumine, where the Treaty of Lausanne was signed in 1928. This treaty established the borders for modern Turkey and ended the Kurdish people’s aspiration of having their own state. Most of the protesters travelled from within Switzerland, but the group consisted of nationalities from 17 different countries. The participants are protesting against the bombing of the Kurdish enclave of Afrine in Syria, an offensive that began on January 20. Approximately 150 civilians have been killed in the area by the bombing campaign, the organising committee said. The ...
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