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One year in the Internationalist Commune of Rojava

  • Posted on: 13 June 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Internationalist Commune of Rojava

Dear friends,

One year ago, 12th of June 2017, we shared the first public statement of the Internationalist Commune of Rojava, presenting our project to the world. Today, after one year of non stop working, we look back and see the big steps we have achieved in this year.

Bookfair dumps academy venue over military massacre links

  • Posted on: 12 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

Organisers with the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair have announced they will refuse to hold this year’s event at secondary school the City Academy following revelations that its parent Trust is sponsored by arms-merchant Rolls Royce.

Rolls Royce is heavily partnered with Turkey building jet engines for its military aircraft, and has faced strong criticism for effectively enabling autocrat Recep Erdogan in his vicious campaign against the Kurds in northern Syria. Thousands have been killed by the Turkish assault against Afrin and surrounding villages.

How Kurds & Anarchists Came Together on March 24th

  • Posted on: 7 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

From It's Going Down

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talked with two members each of the North American Kurdish Alliance (NAKA), a network of Kurdish people across the US who support the Rojava Revolution and Kurdish self-determination, as well as Demand Utopia, an organization of anarchists and communalists in the Pacific Northwest. Joined with other Kurdish and anarchist groups, such as the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM), the confederation set out to launch actions of solidarity and support on March 24th for the city of Afrin, which at the time was surrounded by the Turkish State.

Rest in Power Anna

  • Posted on: 20 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

Our hearts are heavy with sadness today as this weekend we learned of the death of our friend and comrade, Anna Campbell.

Anna was killed in a missile strike in Afrin while fighting with the YPG.

Anna was a core member of the Empty Cages Collective and an active organiser in many anti-prison projects and campaigns, including Community Action on Prison Expansion, Smash IPP as well as Bristol Anarchist Black Cross. She made organising a joy.

She was a dedicated anarchist deeply committed to fighting for liberation. Her list of engagement in social struggles is long, from hunt sabotage to student occupations. She was a passionate feminist and proudly queer.

Icelandic anarchist Haukur Hilmarsson killed fighting Erdogan’s fascist invasion

  • Posted on: 11 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

From The Free (Tuesday, March 06, 2018)
Haukur Hilmarsson was 32 years old. He was assassinated by the Turkish forces invading Syria in Efrín.

He was part of the Revolutionary Union for Internationalist Solidarity. This group was founded by Greek anarchists in 2015 and is one of the militias of the International Liberation Brigade that helps Yekîneyên Parastinê Gel (Unidades de Defensa Popular, YPG) in its struggle against Arab imperialism, Turkish and Islamic fundamentalism.

Turkey holds anarchist activist on false charges

  • Posted on: 23 December 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

Translated and edited from Sosyal Savas with additional edits from the Black Rose/Rosa Negra Social Media Team.

Anarchist activist İshak Tayak has been arrested and accused of being a member of the Islamic, pro-capitalist Gülen movement linked to the 2016 failed coup attempt. In the pre-dawn hours of October 2, special ops police raided his Istanbul home, where they beat him before taking him into custody. İshak, a Kurdish self-identified anarchist and atheist, was later charged with downloading Bylock, a messaging app used by the movement, in 2014.

Turkey: Kurdish anarchist caught up in Gülenist purge

  • Posted on: 12 December 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The pro-government press reports about anarchist İshak Tayak are full of lies!

Our friend İshak has been arrested as a member of the Islamic, pro-capitalist Gülen movement. In the pre-dawn hours of October 2, special ops police raided his Istanbul home, where they beat him before taking him into custody. İshak, a Kurdish self-identified anarchist and atheist, was later charged with downloading a messaging app used by the movement called Bylock in 2014.

Turkey: Anarchist magazine distributors jailed for six months

  • Posted on: 16 September 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Freedom News dot org UK

Repression against the team at Meydan anarchist magazine in Turkey took another twist on Thursday after three members of the distribution team were jailed for six months each.

The three volunteers, Nergis Şen, Rıfat Güven and Zeynel Çuhadar were taken into custody (picture above) after the publication of Meydan Gazette issue 33, which called for an anarchist celebration of May 1st, on the grounds of a State prohibition on the event by President Erdogan’s increasingly hardline regime.

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