Planting Freedom; CNT Backs Rojava Revolution

Let’s fight against isolation. Let’s put an end to fascism. Let’s liberate Kurdistan.

International Reviews Rojava LAURA GIMENO -CNT TERUEL

During the week of 11 to 16 February a hundred internationalists have been marching from Luxembourg to Strasbourg for the “Long March internationalist”, a march that has been organized for three years and has as its main objective to demand the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan.The long marches are one of the fighting tools that have been applied for many years in the points where there is a large Kurdish population in the diaspora.

For three years, this tool has been internationalized and has become a meeting point for people from different parts of the world who support the Kurdish cause, a meeting point to share experiences and training, a meeting point and confluence between different tendencies and ideologies of the left, united under the slogan “Let’s fight against isolation. Continue reading “Planting Freedom; CNT Backs Rojava Revolution”

300 on Hunger Strike – How Ocalan Transformed the PKK into Anti-Terrorists

Right now over 300 people, mostly Kurdish prisoners in Turkey , are on indefinite hunger strike, and many of them are reaching the stage of permanent health damage and death.
They are striking not to protest their obvious innocence or the shocking conditions, but for the right of their leader, Ocalan, to have contact with the outside world.
That seems a strange thing to die for, but Ocalan in the past has declared ceasefires with the Turkish State which have lasted years and sparked a promising peace process.
Ocalan above all is responsible for rejecting terrorism, stalinism and the fight for a new state in favour of ‘municipal anarchist’ communal ideas and feminist emancipation which have swept through the 15 million Kurdish population.
So when the hunger strikers demand Ocalan be allowed to speak they are demanding the first step in a new peace process, and the end of the ongoing anti Kurdish pogrom in Turkey and the north of Syria.
But because the PKK is branded as terrorist by the US they get little international support.Turkey is the real terrorist, it certainly has a poor human rights record, with documented massacres or mass killings of Kurds in 1930, 1978, 1987, 2009, 2011, and 2016.
It has repressed and discriminated for decades against its Kurdish population, including by trying to destroy its separate culture. Continue reading “300 on Hunger Strike – How Ocalan Transformed the PKK into Anti-Terrorists”

Worldwide Cry to Stop Fascist Invasion #RiseUp4Rojava

 

 

People Across the World Take Part in #RiseUp4Rojava

Responding to a call for solidarity on January 26th and 27th with the ongoing struggle for freedom, women’s liberation, and autonomy in Rojava, people across the world took part in solidarity actions under the banner, #RiseUp4Rojava. Large solidarity actions took place in Greece, in London, and in many other cities and towns. Below is a roundup of actions that took place in the US and some international highlights.

January 27th also represents the four year anniversary of the revolutionary defeat of ISIS in Kobane. As Abolitionist Media Worldwide pointed out, anarchists and other autonomous antifascists have been active in these ongoing military engagements, both fighting within the YPG and the YPJ, but also in autonomous anarchist and international antifascist formations as well.

For updates on the Rojavan revolution in English, see video dispatches from Internationalist Commune, the Tekoşîna Anarşîst Collective which is fighting on the ground, and Abolitionist Media Worldwide which is posting news of solidarity actions and initiatives.

 

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21 hours ago This morning revolutionary youth & militants of YPG/J Defence Group-London (YDG-L) carried out an action, see the photos for the full statement – share widely!


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# RiseUp4Rojava – 27 /28 Jan’19 – Where actions take place

Many organizations and groups around the world followed the call of the Internationalist Commune of Rojava, to defend the revolution in Rojava. We want to share some of the events, that will happen in this global days of actions. More will come…
Demonstrations, Meetings and other Events:

New: Magdeburg (Germany)
Protest: Monday 28. January, 6pm
Breiter Weg (on front of Karstadt) Magdeburg
Solidaritätsbündnis Kurdistan-Magdeburg

New: Heraklio (Crete / Greece)
Demonstration: Sunday 27. January, 12pm
Lion Square
Hevalên Girîtê

New: Stockholm (Sweden)
Protest: Monday 28. January, 4pm
Olof Palmes gata 17, SE-111 22 Stockholm, Sverige
SAAB’s head office in Stockholm
No Support For Erdogan

New: Malmö (Sweden)
Protest: Monday 28. January, 12pm
Rönnviksgatan 13, SE-213 74 Malmö, Sverige
No Support For Erdogan

Gaspé (Canada)
Info, Film & Discussion: Sunday 27. January, 5pm
Centre communautaire Douglas Community Center, 28 St-Patrick Avenue, Gaspé G4X 2Y2
Réseau Libertaire Brume NoireMadrid (Spain)
Demonstration: Sunday 27. January, 12pm
Tirso de Molina Square, Madrid
Azadî. Plataforma de Solidaritat amb el Poble Kurd

Free OcalanBarcelona (Catalonia)
Demonstration: Sunday 27. January 2pm,
Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, M/L3 Zona Universitaria, Barcelona
Azadî. Plataforma de Solidaritat amb el Poble Kurd

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Erdogan betrays his Mercenaries, letting Al Qaeda/HTS take over Idlib + SAVE LEYLA GUVEN

With the spectacular betrayal and defeat of the two main militias in the Turkish paid NFL coalition the Al Qaeda (HTS) administration has taken control of the province of Idlib,  which right now is an Al Qaeda sharia regime state, sponsored by Turkey.

see below  SAVE LEYLA GÜVEN and 169 more Hunger Strikers ..

While the western media were entertained with the Erdogan/Trump daily pantomime no one seemed to notice that the Tutkish paid mercenaries sent to the Manbij border to ”bury, plunder, rape and occupy”the Rojava Revolution were mainly recently recruited NFL jihadis from Idlib, and not Erdogan’s FSA terrorists still busy destroying Afrin.

When their bases were treacherously attacked from behind by Al Qaeda/HTS the large Al Zenki  faction fled Manbij. But they arrived too late and their resistance was wiped out by HTS.

The good news is that in future Erdogan’s other mercenaries, the FSA, will be wary about him sending them to invade and plunder Rojava…

Their weapons were seized and no other faction or their Turkish sponsors helping or supporting them. According to the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV, more than 200 militants and 20 civilians were killed  during the battle between HTS and the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement. Nour al-Din al-Zenki suffered total defeat at the hands of HTS and lost all of its areas in western Aleppo.

Next in line were the biggest faction of the Turkish NFL jihadis,  Ahrar al-Sham  , who were defeated by Al Qaeda in just 3 days.

On January 9, Ahrar al-Sham groups in northwestern Hama surrendered and dissolved themselves under pressure from al-Qaeda/Hayat Tahrir al-Sham , according to local sources.  Ahrar al-Sham was the core of the new Turkish funded coalition of militant groups known as the National Front for Liberation (NFL).

However again neither other NFL factions nor Turkey intervened to support Ahrar al-Sham during the battle in northwestern Hama.

HTS launched an attack on the remaining positions of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement in the northwestern Hama countryside. The Turkish-backed faction surrendered within hours and agreed to withdraw. According to pro-opposition media the defeated Ahrar al-Sham members will get an opportunity to withdraw to the region of Afrin after they hand over their heavy weapons to HTS


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   Leader of Syrian branch of al-Qa’ida (rebranded HTS), known as abu-Muhammad al-Jolani, supports Turkey in attacking Syrian Kurds. The Islamofascist axis AKP//HTS/ISIS has been planning to subjugate or exterminate Kurds and others who stand in their way.


Then  Erdogan forced the demoralised NFL facrions to sign the agreement giving administrative control to Al Qaeda/HTS, as many fled into the already terrorist infested Turkish occupied Afrin

So to cut a long story short Al Qaeda has triumphed and is expanding out of Idlib into Hama,  Aleppo and Lattakia, leaving Assad and the Russians a bit confused.

Opposition websites agree that Turkey has cynically and murderously betrayed and destroyed its own paid allies, Al Zenki and  Ahrar al-Sham, opening the door to a general attack by Syria/SAA and Russia on Al Qaeda/HTS (because all sides have labelled HTS as terrorists while the Turkish backed groups had some defense).

Was Erdogan wrong footed by Trump’s sudden withdrawal declarations into sending his mercenaries into a trap? ??

Maybe yes this was what happened,  it was important perhaps for Turkey to make the preparations to attack Rojava real and concrete . One report suggested they hoped to get the vital  ‘airspace bombing permission’ for a new invasion from the US and Russians by appearing that the invasion was going ahead anyway.

But things are never as they seem ..  Some very suspicious circumstances..
  • Turkey has a thriving business with Idlib in the laughably named ‘demilitarized Zone’ (DMZ) via the Hatay/Turkey border. Al Qaeda/HTS is now a far-right religious administration with its own social services.
  • Turkey has expanded its ten bases in the Idlib ‘DMZ’ but made no effort to enforce the terms of the agreement.
  • Erdogan is supplying arms to his mercenaries (now seized by Al Qaeda HTS) but also all kinds of supplies, international aid, and trade, all taxed by the Al Qaeda/HTS regime which controls road access here and elsewhere.
  •  NFL mercenaries have been complaining recently in online comments that their pay has been cut (partly caused by the collapse of the Turkish Lira in which they are paid). One comment claimed ”Turkey is paying double to Al Qaeda/HTS militants” causing mass defection of desperately poor rebels.
  • So what will happen next?

Perhaps Turkey will now defend Idlib as a client state, hoping it will be one more jewel in the racist, misogynist, jihadist ‘New Ottoman Empire’.

Reports suggest the Al Qaeda takeover has caused  fear in Idlib of an all out attack by the massive SAA Syrian army which is entrenched around the east and south of the area.

The chorus of demands, no doubt orchestrated by Turkey, is resuming, asking that the Turkish army intervene to stop the ‘evil Assadis’ committing  ‘a shocking massacre of civilians’ with their ‘poison gas attacks’.

An agreed invasion or ‘increase on troops to enforce the DMZ agreement’ could make Idlib forever a Turkish Empire protectorate, and set the stage for the ”cleansing” of Rojava where Turkey promises to ”bury the Kurds in their ditches”.

Erdogan already has 10 bases in Idlib. He, or his script writing team,  are experts in threats and blackmail, (put the words ‘Erdogan Threatens’ in google and you find many pages of threats!) with ”leverage” over Russia due to key pipelines, nuclear and arms sales, etc. Leverage over Syria as he already occupies and is ‘turkifying’ Afrin, Jarablus, Azaz and Al Bab. Turkey also has blackmail ammunition  over the EU with the oft repeated threat to let loose a new flood of refugees. And over the US with the threat of leaving NATO, cancelling arms agreements, etc.

Hopefully despite all the threats and Machiavellian maneuvering, Erdogan’s plans will come unstuck again. But the increasing evidence that Turkey sacrificed its own supposedly ‘moderate’ mercenary allies to be wiped out by Al Qaeda show again what  level of War Criminals are at work.



SAVE LEYLA AND 169 MORE HUNGER STRIKERS

Jailed Kurdish opposition politician Leyla Güven has reached a critical condition and has been unable to see her lawyer for four days due to health problems caused by her long-running hunger strike, Turkish news site Diken reported.

Güven, who is both the co-chair of the Democratic Society Congress, an umbrella organisation for Kurdish groups, and a deputy for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), is imprisoned pending trial in Diyarbakır, south-east Turkey after being arrested in January 2018 for criticising Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish militias in northwest Syria.

The Kurdish deputy is one of nine from the HDP who are currently held behind bars in Turkey, including the party’s former co-chair, Selahattin Demirtaş. The party is particularly vulnerable to prosecution due to perceived links tying it to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an outlawed group that has fought Turkish security forces for Kurdish self-rule since the 1980s.

Day 68 of Leyla Güven’s Hunger Strike in Turkish prison. Her health has rapidly deteriorated & is now at life threatening stage. Silence is no longer viable, in fact, it is complicity at this stage.


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Together we will make 27 and 28 January two days of global resistance against Turkish fascism. Together we will intervene in the numbing routine of war and oppression, expressing our solidarity with various forms of action. Together we will show that this revolution is not alone!
Let us stand shoulder to shoulder against fascism!
Long live the international solidarity!
The revolution in Rojava will be victorious! Fascism will be crushed!
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Murray Bookchin and the Rojava Revolution.. free downloads

from autonomies.org/ shared with thanks        The ongoing uprisings and revolution in Rojava and parts of Turkey are largely modelled on the ‘municipal anarchist’ blueprint of Murray Bookchin, whose works had been neglected and often rejected, even by anarchists as being a ‘sellout’ or ‘anti worker’ etc.

see also…RADICAL CITIES AND SOCIAL REVOLUTION: AN INTERVIEW WITH JANET BIEHL

When the majority Kurdish movement, influenced by jailed leader Ocalan, finally rejected Marxism and Stalinism it adapted Bookchin’s community, ecological and anti state organisational ideas.

For decades the PKK marxist Kurdish guerillas had been resisting on behalf of the heavily repressed and ‘disappeared’ 18 million kurds in SE Turkey. Now they adopted municipal anarchism, dropped the demand for a new state and called a lasting ceasefire. Continue reading “Murray Bookchin and the Rojava Revolution.. free downloads”

Turkish Forces cross border as Erdogan Denies Syrian Right to enter Manbij

LATE NEWS..  Kremlin Confirms Syrian Army DeploymentIn Manbij As More Troops Head Towards City

 Photo : Press Service of the President of SyriaTurkey: Syrian Kurds ‘Have No Right’ to Seek Help from Damascus

Trump’s abrupt decision to pull troops out of Syria effectively gave Ankara the green light to take over and Turkify the remaining Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria, including important oilfields.
Turkey was all set to invade, poised to first take over the Manbij area and city, with thousands of jihadi mercenaries and its 500,000 strong army.
Then on Friday 28th Dec. the Kurds, in agreement with the Manbij Council invited Assad’s Syrian army to take control and the SAA immediately agreed and its troops planted the Syrian flag near the city….

 

December 28,by martyrashrakat  ”Turkey on Friday said Syrian Kurdish militants “does not have the right” to appeal to Damascus for help to counter a threatened Turkish offensive in the north”.Source: AFP


comment..      ‘An RT video shows Turkish troop convoys invading Syria at Jarablus. The Kurdish invitation to Assad’s troops to defend Manbij from Turkey and its slavering, drugged,  jihadi mercenaries has been accepted by Syria and some SAA troops are near the city.

However Erdogan seems to be going ahead with his invasion .. because it has nothing to do with a few Kurds being on the local multi ethnic council, and everything to do with destroying the Rojava Revolution, especially the liberation of women, and opening the way for a full scale invasion of eastern Rojava.

Erdogan is fuming mad, hopefully by just a day or two he has been prevented from seizing Manbij… which he would never ever give back.

Turkey-backed Syiran Ahrar al-Sharqiya member outside Manbij threatens Kurds with beheading. A Nato ally is sending jihadist to kill Kurds. https://twitter.com/ZagrosZagrosi/status/1077989384287330310

Erdogan wants to genocide the Kurds and their customs, language and democratic revolution, but even more he wants to invade, take over and Turkify another province on the way to creating his boasted new Ottoman Empire’….


by martyrashrakat  ”The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) controlling the area with arms does not have the right or power to make a statement or invite other elements on behalf of the local population,” the Turkish defense ministry said’…..

“We warn all sides to stay away from provocative actions and making statements that will bring further instability to the region,” the Turkish ministry said in a statement. Continue reading “Turkish Forces cross border as Erdogan Denies Syrian Right to enter Manbij”