YBS/YJS forces in Shengal / ANF
The Shengal Resistance Units (YBŞ) and Shengal Women's Units (YJŞ) held a military ceremony in Shengal's Xanesor village to mark the second year anniversary of the Shengal massacre. The ceremony was attended by 350 fighters in addition to YBŞ/YJŞ General commanders Mazlum Şengal, Raperin Engizek and many commanders from the YBŞ/YJŞ.
Speaking here, YBŞ General Commander Mazlum Şengal commemorated all those killed in the massacre committed by ISIS against the Êzîdî (Yazidi) people on 3 August 2014. Şengal stressed that this was not only a physical but also a cultural, historical and religious massacre through which colonialist-imperialist powers and ISIS wanted to eradicate the Êzîdî people from history.
He added; "We know those who supported the ISIS gangs, enemies of humanity. We learnt lessons from this massacre, which was perpetrated because of our failure to form a self-defence force and manifest our will. We hereby state that we will not accept a life without politics, ideology and self-defence."
Şengal recalled that the YBŞ had organised itself as a will and self-sacrificing force, and defended the Êzîdî people from the first day of the massacre, playing an active role on Mount Shengal and in the liberation of the Shengal town center and villages where gangs had been deployed.
"This emerging will is the defence force of Êzîdxan (Yazidi's homeland) and all the Ezîdî people, also of our people living outside the Shengal town. It is our primary goal to revive the history of our people, to enable them to live with honour and will, and to realise the philosophy and ideology of leader Apo (Öcalan). The YBŞ will be fighting the gangs and colonialist powers in these lands. We say to those who were a party to the Shengal massacre to not miscalculate their approach to the people because nothing is as used to be. No power can rule this people like they used to."
YBŞ General Commander Mazlum Şengal underlined the importance of establishing a joint command to fight against jihadist groups and colonialist powers, adding; "The YBŞ belongs to the Êzîdî people and it is the self-defence force of Êzîdxan defending their own people, lands and Kurdistan."
Şengal stressed that the second year of the massacre will be the year of victory and freedom for Shengal, and the year of creating an autonomous administration.
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