CNT solidarity against imminent eviction of CSO May Day occupied center!

CSO May Day on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/primerdemaigll1 )

The MAY DAY self-run occupied social center is a huge council owned block in the old Raval area of central Barcelona. An ex adult school, it was closed for repairs, abandoned and occupied in 2016 as a Self Managed Student Hostel (the REA). Despite strong resistance it was violently evicted on the second attempt in December 2017, and abandoned again and bricked up, (see Autonomous Students Residences (REA).. Ongoing Eviction in Barcelona/) Next it was occupied during a demonstration on May 1st 2018 as a self-run Social Center.. .. and named CSO MayDay. It continues with all kinds of activities and has become a symbol of resistance to gentrification, mass evictions, vulture funds, etc..

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Libertarian solidarity against the eviction of the CSO May Day!
by CNT-AIT Catalunya

by CNT-AIT Catalunya .. translation TheFree

Once again we find that another space freed from the clutches of capitalist speculation, owned by those who claim to be representatives of ordinary citizens and who govern us through repression and lies, is threatened with eviction by of this City Council of the so-called “Commons” (totally fake), led by Ada Colau, the activist recycled into the system…..

Thats how things stand, to the point that Colau’s party shamefully abstained to allow the vote on the evictions of municipally owned buildings, recently raised by the PP .

In this way, they have opened the way to the offensive of the most reactionary sectors and defenders of the sacrosanct private property such as the PP or JuntsxCat itself.

The “Commons” of Ada try to destroy all initiatives that they cannot control through their clientelist political networks. Anything that questions, in one way or another, the “Barcelona Brand”, of which these hypocritical “friendly face” managers of our daily misery are defenders, they try to destroy through the violence of their police hitmen.

This unbridled repression not only acts against dissident groups, but extends to all those people and families without resources who are forced to squat to survive on the margins of the system.

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All this is related to the low wages and the high cost of living that, together with real estate speculation, ends up throwing people out of their homes to turn those neighborhoods into commercial shopfronts for tourism.

El Raval, where the CSO May Day companions are located, is a clear example of this. In this Social Center, as in others in the city where self-management is practiced, different solidarity activities have been carried out with the struggle of social and anarchist prisoners, the dissemination of anti-specism, against evictions and gentrification, against police violence, anti-fascism, international solidarity, insumission …

Actions which are oriented to the self-organization of struggles and disseminating and debating ideas to build a culture at the service of social struggles.

Not so to the bourgeois and alienating crap represented by “cultural” elitism such as the MACBA (municipal art exhibition center) or other City Council subsidized civic centers, with which they seek to instill in people the “One Single Belief” in civil obedience, subjecting us to their unjust laws.

The CNT-AIT of Catalonia sees these occupied spaces as a way of building a counterculture that can challenge the dominant discourse and weave libertarian and anti-capitalist networks, challenging private property and the speculative system that generates the misery of broad layers of the population.

That’s why we stand in solidarity and we will be on the streets, when necessary, to defend these revolutionary cracks in a world of conformity dominated by repression and fear.

We call on you to participate actively in the mobilizations that the CSO May Day organise in defense of the social center.

(note: you can check out CSO May Day on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/primerdemaigll1 )

The day they evict at 7:30 p.m. on the Rambla del Raval (where the Cat is).

Down with capitalism and its lackeys of the City Hall!

While there is speculation there will be rebellion!

CNT-AIT Catalunya

(see Autonomous Students Residences (REA).. Ongoing Eviction in Barcelona/)


check out CSO May Day on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/primerdemaigll1 )

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¡Solidaridad libertaria ante el desalojo del CSO May Day!

CNT-AIT Catalunya
Correu-e: catalunya@hotmail.com (no verificat!)30 des 2019 Una vez más nos encontramos que otro espacio liberado de las garras de la especulación capitalista, para más inri en manos de aquellos que dicen ser representantes del ciudadano de a pie y que nos gobiernan mediante la represión y la mentira, está amenazado de desalojo por parte de este Ayuntamiento de los farsantes “comunes” (que de eso no tienen nada) de la activista reciclada en botones del sistema Ada Colau.

Esto es así, hasta el punto que hemos podido conocer su abstención vergonzante, pero por otra parte lógica dado su papel de traidores a sus ya remotos orígenes, ante la votación sobre los desalojos de edificios de titularidad municipal, planteada recientemente por el PP.

De esta manera, participan y le tienden la alfombra a la ofensiva de los sectores más reaccionarios y defensores de la sacrosanta propiedad privada como el mismo PP o JuntsxCat.

Los “comunes” de la Ada se ensañan e intentan destruir toda aquella iniciativa que no puedan controlar mediante sus redes políticas clientelares. Todo aquello que cuestione, de una u otra forma, la “Marca Barcelona” de la que son defensores a ultranza estos hipócritas gestores de “rostro amable” de nuestra miseria cotidiana, lo intentan destruir mediante la violencia de sus sicarios policiales.

Esta represión desenfrenada no solo actúa contra aquellos colectivos disidentes, sino que se extiende a todas aquellas personas y familias sin recursos que se ven obligadas a okupar o a sobrevivir en los márgenes del sistema.

Todo esto se relaciona con los bajos salarios y la carestía de la vida que junto a la especulación inmobiliaria acaba por echar a la gente de sus casas para convertir esos barrios en aparadores comerciales para el turismo.

El Raval, donde se encuentran lxs compañerxs del CSO May Day, es un claro ejemplo de ello. En este centro social, como en otros de la ciudad donde se práctica la autogestión, se vienen realizando diferentes actividades solidarias con la lucha de los presos sociales y anarquistas, de difusión del antiespecismo, contra los deshaucios y la gentrificación , contra la violencia policial, antifascismo, solidaridad internacional, insumisión…

Actos orientados a la autoorganización de las luchas y a difundir y debatir ideas para construir una cultura al servicio de las luchas sociales.

No así a la mierda burguesa y alienante que representan adefesios elitistas “culturales” como el MACBA u otros centros cívicos, que sí subvenciona el Ayuntamiento, para inculcar a la gente el “pensamiento único” del civismo, sometiéndonos a sus injustas leyes.

La CNT-AIT de Catalunya ve imprescindibles estos espacios como forma de ir construyendo una contracultura que pueda desafiar el discurso dominante e ir tejiendo redes libertarias y anticapitalistas desafiando, así mismo, la propiedad privada y el sistema especulativo que genera la miseria de amplias capas de la población.

Y eso es por lo que nos solidarizamos y estaremos en las calles, cuando sea necesario, para defender estas grietas revolucionarias en un mundo de conformismo dominado por la represión y el miedo.

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Y eso es por lo que nos solidarizamos y estaremos en las calles, cuando sea necesario, para defender estas grietas revolucionarias en un mundo de conformismo dominado por la represión y el miedo.

Hacemos un llamamiento a participar de forma activa en las movilizaciones que el CSO May Day convoque en defensa del centro social.

El día que desalojen a las 19:30 horas en la Rambla del Raval (donde está el Gato).

¡Abajo el capitalismo y sus lacayos del Ayuntamiento!

¡Mientras exista especulación habrá rebelión!

CNT-AIT Catalunya

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WikiLeaks Bombshell: Syria Chemical Attack that risked World War FAKED by USA

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Seeing is Believing Earthworks: Community Empowerment against fracking pollution and climate change.

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Violence Is Sometimes the Answer against Legalised State Atrocities

Violence Is Sometimes the Answer

“I want to make it clear, however, although I am deeply opposed to war, I am not advocating appeasement. It is often necessary to take a strong stand to counter unjust aggression. For instance, it is plain to all of us that the Second World War was entirely justified. It “saved civilization” from the tyranny of Nazi Germany, as Winston Churchill so aptly put it.

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But we can only judge whether or not a conflict was vindicated on moral grounds with hindsight. For example, we can now see during the Cold War, the principle of nuclear deterrence had a certain value. Nevertheless, it is very difficult to assess such matters with any degree of accuracy. War is violence and violence is unpredictable. Therefore, it is better to avoid it if possible, and never to presume we know beforehand whether the outcome of a particular war will be beneficial or not.”

~ Tenzin Gyatso 14th Dalai Lama The Reality of War

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Masculinity is Fine and Dandy.. but under Patriarchy can be TOXIC and Hateful

It’s not about ‘toxic masculinity’ or ‘healthy masculinity,’ it’s about masculinity under patriarchy

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Positive traits and behaviour are accessible to and should be embraced by everyone, whether male or female. “Healthy masculinity” is really just healthy humanity.

Increased attention on men’s violence against women has focused attention on not only rape and sexual harassment but also on the cultural support system for such behavior. While only a small fraction of men violate the law, lots of men engage in less blatant forms of aggressive and coercive behavior that injure and undermine women, and even more men are bystanders who fail to challenge other men’s abuse.

This conversation often revolves around a critique of “toxic masculinity” and the search for a “healthy masculinity,” which does bring needed attention to these forms of abuse. But we should be wary of the way those phrases can limit our understanding and reinforce patriarchy.

I propose we replace “toxic masculinity” with “masculinity in patriarchy,” to focus attention on the system out of which problems arise.

An environmental analogy helps: Too often we only think about toxic chemicals when we have to clean up spills and leaks, responses that obviously are necessary. But just as important is challenging an industrial worldview that embraces the use of those toxic substances, along with critiquing the economic system that makes toxic contamination inevitable. The same goes for the patriarchal worldview.

Some may think patriarchy is an out-of-date term, but it’s an accurate description of societies based on institutionalized male dominance — which is virtually all the world, including the United States.

Patriarchal societies change over time and vary depending on culture, but when we recognize “it’s still a man’s world,” we simply are acknowledging that patriarchy remains entrenched.

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Turkish Hitler celebrates in UK Palace after murdering 8 Kurdish children

Wounded children in Tel-Rifaat massacre: We were playing suddenly we bombed

“Are we terrorists, what did we do to them so that they bombed us and killed our friends?  Now they are bombing us here too. We want to live in peace,” said the children who were injured in the Turkish massacre in Tel Rifaat.

Intent on Genocide and destroying the democratic feminist Rojava the Turkish president arrived in Buckingham Palace for a NATO summit, just hours after committing another massacre of 10 civilians, mostly kids going home after school.. Nobody in the Palace is so rude as to mention the bodies of innocent children.

Erdogan then labeled his victims as terrorists, yet again, and again openly threatened his fellow presidents unless they agreed with him and continued their criminal deals.

What a SHAME that the world has come to this.. that an obvious genocidal illegal invasion and ethnic cleansing be condoned, flagrant war crimes against people who have NEVER attacked Turkey. Indeed the US NATO leaders refused in the UN (along with Russia) to even condemn the latest invasion.

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Greece: Anarchists defiant amid eviction threat to occupied social centres

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The Greek State has given occupied social centres a deadline of December 5th to leave or face heavy force aimed at removing them..

New Democracy (ND), which took power in July’s elections, has continued and escalated a wave of evictions previously helmed by Syriza against self-organised migrant and anarchist squatted buildings as part of its promise to “bring order” following years of austerity imposed by the formerly leftist government.

The government previously attacked the anarchist enclave of Exarcheia, Athens, in August as part of this campaign of violence, and has kept up the pressure since. Talking to Enough is Enough, one member of the Notara 26 squatted centre commented:

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Rojava women organise Day for Elimination of Violence against Women. 25 Nov.

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Callout to all revolutionary and freedom seeking women for the 25th November

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To all revolutionary and freedom-seeking women

On the 25th of November 1960 the tyranny of the dictator Trujillo, a symbol of the systematized patriarchy, killed the Mirabal sisters through a conspiracy. Their resistance and their murder increased the struggle against the fascist dictatorship. Six months after they were killed, the organized force of the people brought an end to the dictatorship. The Mirabal sisters continue to be one of the biggest sources of hope for the fight of all women in the world against patriarchal violence and its organized forms of fascism and dictatorship.

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Today, our region has become a war zone of international hegemonic forces. We as women in the region face the most heavy, organized, brutal and intensive sides of the violence in this war zone. In North and East Syria, in the occupational and genocidal war that Turkey started on the 9th of October; from the use of prohibited chemical weapons, torture, organized attacks and rapes, forced displacements and murders, women and children faced and continue to face various kinds of attacks.

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Global call to defend the Rojava Revolution! +Internationalist’s Report from Til Temir frontline

On 2nd November a global day of resistance for Rojava brought thousands of people out onto the streets in dozens of cities around the world.

For the people of Northern Syria, currently resisting an invasion by the Turkish army and its jihadist proxies, the joy and hope that these demonstrations brought is amongst the greatest gifts one could hope for. It reminds us that we are not alone against the Salafist hordes that the Turkish state is sending.

We salute all the actions and demonstrations happening in solidarity with Rojava and send our warmest greeting to those who are supporting the campaigns of #RiseUp4Rojava and #WomenDefendRjava. The resistance continues, as does the revolution, and today more than ever we need solidarity and support.

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On 2nd November a global day of resistance for Rojava brought thousands of people out onto the streets in dozens of cities around the world.

For the people of Northern Syria, currently resisting an invasion by the Turkish army and its jihadist proxies, the joy and hope that these demonstrations brought is amongst the greatest gifts one could hope for. It reminds us that we are not alone against the Salafist hordes that the Turkish state is sending. We salute all the actions and demonstrations happening in solidarity with Rojava and send our warmest greeting to those who are supporting the campaigns of #RiseUp4Rojava and #WomenDefendRjava. The resistance continues, as does the revolution, and today more than ever we need solidarity and support.

When you make a revolution against patriarchy, the nation-state and capitalism, of course you can’t rely on other states to support you. We use to say that the Kurds have ‘no friends but the mountains’, but on 2nd November we saw this was not true. The international solidarity that Rojava is witnessing is inspirational; it inspires us as internationalists in Rojava to remain steadfast on the barricades of this revolution and to commit to our many different works here, because we know that all our many struggles are entwined. Today the struggle is Rojava, tomorrow it could be anywhere else, and by defending Rojava we are defending not only the people and the revolution here, but also the hope that another world is possible.

Internationalism is an essential dimension in the history of revolutionary movements, and Rojava is today writing an important chapter. From the First International Association of Workers to the Tri-Continental Conference, from the 50,000 of the International Brigades who travelled to Spain to fight fascism in 1936, to the 500,000 Cuban revolutionaries who travelled to Africa to support decolonisation struggles, from the solidarity with the resistance in Vietnam to the antiglobalisation movements, from the revolutionary inter-communalism of the Black Panthers to the solidarity with Palestinian revolutionary resistance. Rojava is today heritage of this history of internationalism, and we are called to play our role in it.

Of course there are other important struggles happening all around the world. We see the uprisings in South America, with big mobilisations happening in Chile, the new ‘caracoles’ declared by the EZLN in Chiapas, and the resistance in Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Argentina. We see the Catalan people resisting against the attacks of the Spanish state. We see the massive uprisings happening in Middle East, such as in Lebanon or Iraq, in Sudan and Egypt, and other peoples in Africa looking for alternatives to the nation-state model that colonial powers imposed on them. We see the resistance movements of India, Philippines, Indonesia, and we stand with all revolutionaries who fight to bring all oppression to an end.

Internationalism in the twenty-first century has a lot of colours, but for sure the colour of the woman is the one that shines brightest. Patriarchy is the foundation upon which all social oppression is built, and the liberation from the mentality of dominant male must always be in the forefront of any revolutionary struggle. The defence of nature, so exploited and abused by the industrial system, has to be also in the first line, facing the ecological crisis that capitalism created. Democracy is our flag, but not the parliamentary democracy that Western powers tried to impose to the rest of the World. We raise the flag of the commune, the democracy of local councils and popular assemblies.

For all of this, we call to defend this revolution, and to make it a cradle for a global democratic modernity.

Global call to defend the Rojava Revolution! from Internationalist Commune on Vimeo

When you make a revolution against patriarchy, the nation-state and capitalism, of course you can’t rely on other states to support you. We use to say that the Kurds have ‘no friends but the mountains’, but on 2nd November we saw this was not true. The international solidarity that Rojava is witnessing is inspirational; it inspires us as internationalists in Rojava to remain steadfast on the barricades of this revolution and to commit to our many different works here, because we know that all our many struggles are entwined. Today the struggle is Rojava, tomorrow it could be anywhere else, and by defending Rojava we are defending not only the people and the revolution here, but also the hope that another world is possible.  

Internationalism is an essential dimension in the history of revolutionary movements, and Rojava is today writing an important chapter. From the First International Association of Workers to the Tri-Continental Conference, from the 50,000 of the International Brigades who travelled to Spain to fight fascism in 1936, to the 500,000 Cuban revolutionaries who travelled to Africa to support decolonisation struggles, from the solidarity with the resistance in Vietnam to the antiglobalisation movements, from the revolutionary inter-communalism of the Black Panthers to the solidarity with Palestinian revolutionary resistance.

Rojava is today heritage of this history of internationalism, and we are called to play our role in it.

Of course there are other important struggles happening all around the world. We see the uprisings in South America, with big mobilisations happening in Chile, the new ‘caracoles’ declared by the EZLN in Chiapas, and the resistance in Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Argentina. We see the Catalan people resisting against the attacks of the Spanish state. We see the massive uprisings happening in Middle East, such as in Lebanon or Iraq, in Sudan and Egypt, and other peoples in Africa looking for alternatives to the nation-state model that colonial powers imposed on them. We see the resistance movements of India, Philippines, Indonesia, and we stand with all revolutionaries who fight to bring all oppression to an end.

Internationalism in the twenty-first century has a lot of colours, but for sure the colour of the woman is the one that shines brightest. Patriarchy is the foundation upon which all social oppression is built, and the liberation from the mentality of dominant male must always be in the forefront of any revolutionary struggle. The defence of nature, so exploited and abused by the industrial system, has to be also in the first line, facing the ecological crisis that capitalism created. Democracy is our flag, but not the parliamentary democracy that Western powers tried to impose to the rest of the World. We raise the flag of the commune, the democracy of local councils and popular assemblies.

For all of this, we call to defend this revolution, and to make it a cradle for a global democratic modernity.

Til Temir: Front line – A letter from an internationalist friend

Til Temir: Front line – A letter from an internationalist friend

A combatjet passes in low flight over the city of Til Temir, making the windows of the houses vibrate, where Kurds, Arabs and Assyrians coexist in this arid city located today few kilometers of the front. When the blazing sound of the engine passes, the crying of a baby is the first thing to break the silence. We did not feel any explosion, it seems that this flight only wanted to frighten the population. Now heads of neighbors pop out from the windows to see that everyone is good.

-Perhaps now that their soldiers have arrived, their planes are arriving as well.

-Surely it’s Russian, Russian planes have to fly lower than the others to see what happens!

-No, it must be American! Now that the Americans are leaving, so are their planes.

And they laugh. They laugh to scare the fear. The fear they have is that the next plane won’t pass by, that it will drop one of the bombs we’ve heard exploding on the outskirts of the city for days now. That’s why nobody mentions that the plane in question is surely a Turkish F-16, so as not to spread fear among the few people who are still left in this neighborhood. Many neighbors marched days ago to Haseke, where a couple of weeks ago they have started to build a new refugee camp to receive people displaced by this new war. A new war that is confused with the previous one.

Five years ago Til Temir experienced the war against the Islamic state on the front line, especially the Christian villages nearby where the Salafists showed their cruelest face, mutilating and decapitating those who captured alive to the cry of “infidels” and “Allah is the greatest”. They are the same cries that we hear today in the videos that come from the front and that circulate between Facebook posts and WhatsApp messages, where groups of armed men trained by the Turkish state celebrate how the Kurdish politician Hevrîn Xelef, is executed or how they capture the fighter of the YPJ Çiçek Kobane.

When we arrived in Til Temir in mid-October, seeking to open a humanitarian corridor to the then besieged city of Serekaniye, Til Temir’s seven schools were already filled with elderly people, mothers and children fleeing Turkish bombs. Since then the front has continued to inexorably approach the city, and more and more towns and villages have to be evacuated. Yesterday the father of the host family, a teacher in one of the schools that had to stop classes to accommodate refugees, showed me a video of a small village from which a large column of smoke was rising.

“This is my village. It was bombarded by a Turkish plane. The hevals (Kurdish word for “friends”, referring to the fighters of the YPG/YPJ) have been alone defending the village for three days, everyone had to flee because of the bombs.

A strange front

Following the withdrawal of United States troops in early October, the agreement between the Self-Administration of North-East Syria and the government forces of the Syrian State has created a strange situation. The regular forces of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) are deployed jointly with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to deal with the Turkish occupation.

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For the first time in more than seven years, government soldiers have set foot in the territory where the Kurds, along with Assyrians, Arabs and other ethnic groups of northern Syria, have implemented the self-government project inspired by the ideas of Abdullah Öcalan, known as the proposal for democratic confederalism.

A little less than a week ago the first reinforcements of the SAA arrived in Til Temir. We knew this because the morning they entered the city, they spent about twenty minutes circling and firing into the air waving the Syrian flag from old trucks, full of young and badly armed soldiers, before heading for the front. They hoped that this flag would protect them from Turkish mortars and fighter planes, but it did not. From the Legerîn Ciya hospital (an internationalist doctor who came from Argentina to Rojava and who died just over a year ago) we could see how the same afternoon, the improvised operating theatres were filled with Bashar Al-Assad soldiers wounded by the bombings and mortars of Erdogan’s soldiers (and others of jihadists).

Yesterday we saw once again American helicopters flying over the city, which indicates that they were moving troops again. After announcing their withdrawal in early October, last week, Donald Trump explained that they were returning to Syria to “protect the oil”.

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Neighbors explained to us that their convoy of armored vehicles was returning to Qamislo after pro-turk Islamists attacked them as they passed through Ain Issa in the direction of Kobane. In the military base they had there, today the Russian flag is flying, and a few days ago Russian soldiers have been patrolling together with the Turkish army along the border between the cities of Serekaniye and Amude. A few kilometres further, between Qamislo and Derik, it is American soldiers who patrol.

This morning SAA reinforcements arrived again, this time with old Russian tanks and a few mortars and other heavy weapons. They will need them. The day before yesterday, when we went to visit the front, we saw the conditions in which they were deployed in the different villages where the SDF still maintain the defense of the territory. After the withdrawal of the SDF from the city of Serekaniye on October 12, the front has moved to the semi-desert plains that separate the scarce 40 kilometers between Til Temir and Serekaniye, where the Islamists advance thanks to the air support of Turkish planes and combat drones.

In a war in these conditions, it is sometimes difficult to know who is a friend and who is an enemy. At the front we are usually guided by the premise that if he doesn’t shoot you, he is a friend. The great hospitality of the Middle East, where everyone you meet greets you with vocation and invites you to sit down and have tea, can lead you to live strange situations. The most recent, looking for a translator to explain to the captain of a team of SAA mortars that we did not want sugar in the tea he offered us, while a group of soldiers unloaded the cannons behind the SDF lines while they asked us, honestly surprised, how it is possible that we could speak Kurdish and not Arabic.

Internationalism and Revolution

Rojava’s revolution has inspired social movements all over the world, highlighting without doubt the libertarian, feminist and ecological character that Kurdish socialism promotes. Solidarity committees translate, organize demonstrations and denounce the Turkish occupation to different countries, coordinating with the extensive Kurdish diaspora that has dispersed in recent decades because of repeated wars that have threatened their survival. In the framework of the campaign #RiseUp4Rojava, last Saturday, November 2, we saw more than a hundred demonstrations in dozens of countries around the world.

We are also quite a few internationalists who are currently working on the ground, especially in communication and health care, covering the fronts that resist the invasion. We said that war sometimes creates strange companies, and I think it is an adequate description when we see the two main international teams that are currently assisting the wounded on the front of Til Temir in coordination with Heyva Sor (the Kurdish Red Crescent). On the one hand, a group of anarchists from different countries who have coincided in Rojava and who have been working for some time as a combat medical team. On the other hand, a group of American and Burmese Christians who have been working for more than two decades as combat medical teams in different conflicts.

In fact, one of the international martyrs that this Turkish offensive has claimed so far, belongs to this team. Yesterday one of the ambulances at the rear of the front was hit by a projectile that wounded two people and put an end to the life of a third. His name is Zao Sang, born Thailand, who lost his life shortly after the impact caused by the serious injuries.

Also the German Konstantin G. (Andok), fighter of the international brigade of the YPG, was killed by the Turkish bombs in a convoy headed to Serekaniye. And today we had to add a third name, which is that the commander of the international battalion for freedom Ozge Aydin (Ceren), a Turkish national, died from the wounds that led to her coma last week.

Their names lengthen the list of the hundreds of combatants and civilians who have been killed in this Turkish offensive.

To speak of death and war can easily frighten the western reader, accommodated in the first world where wars always take place away from home. The revolution of 1936, when tens of thousands of international brigadists came to support the war against fascism during the second Spanish Republic, is a long way off. A third of those who came could never return home again, but their actions meant an important chapter in the history of revolutionary internationalism.

Today in Rojava we are a handful of Catalans who are here, together with Castilians and Galicians. Also Basques, Aragonese, Andalusians and Portuguese have passed through here, inspired by the revolutionary project of Rojava, living and discussing the contradictions that this society generates, debating on how to develop an Iberian confederal project. Now that the situation in Catalonia calls into question the model of the Spanish nation-state, it is more than ever necessary to reflect together on what future we want to build.

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In fact, today we have published a global appeal together with other internationalists to come to support the resistance of Rojava, to understand and learn what it means to build (and defend) a revolution.

The number of internationalists who have come to put their grain of sand to Rojava is difficult to calculate, but it is far from the 50,000 brigadists who more than 80 years ago answered the call to confront fascism when we needed it most. No doubt this should make us reflect if we are really ready to carry out a revolutionary process or if it is just a romantic imaginary that we explain while we live our privileged lives. Revolution is not a road of roses, but no one has ever said it was easy. However, the alternative is to allow patriarchy and capitalism to continue to lead our lives, and for me and the many other comrades who are here, this is no longer an option.

Syria: Damning evidence of war crimes and other violations by Turkish Forces .. Amnesty.

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