On the 18th and 19th of July we ask you to take action online, as part of the global call for solidarity with the democratic revolution in Rojava. We are targeting TUI travel agents for an online communications blockade.
Join our Facebook event for updates about the blockade.
For more information on why we have chosen to target TUI click here
There is a direct relationship between tourism in Turkey, the Erdoğan regime and the arms trade.
Turkish holding companies that own travel companies and hotels also own arms companies. The directors of these companies are friends with the Erdoğan family. The same holding companies fund the building of huge dams in Kurdistan, displacing tens of thousands and causing irreversible ecological destruction.
Still, the number of foreigners visiting Turkey increased almost 22% from 2017 to 2018. The Turkish economy is growing increasingly reliant on tourism.
According to figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute, in 2018 alone, tourism accounted for an income of $29.5 billion USD and the same year Turkey’s military budget was raised by 24% to $19 billion USD.
To put it bluntly: the more tourists enjoy Turkey’s beaches, the more Kurds will die.
What Can You Do?
Over these two days we ask you to clog up TUI’s communication systems by sending emails, tweets and Facebook comments as well as calling the company and asking them to stop advertising holidays in Turkey.
We will provide the contact details and templates you can use, but feel free to speak from the heart about the subject, but bearing in mind that those people that work in the call centre are not responsible for TUI’s capitalist decisions.
If you want an example of how these Comms Blockades (also known as phone zaps) work here’s a phone zap carried out by US solidarity groups against Trader Joe’s over the supermarket’s links to Turkey.
For more info on the #Riseup4Revolution global day of action click here.