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Remembering Şehîd Şahîn Qereçox

  • Posted on: 14 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Kurdish Solidarity Network (obituary of an anarchist in Rojava)

This epitaph was written by a friend and comrade of Şahin / Waka / Farid

Şehîd Şahîn Qereçox, known as Waka to his many friends, was sadly martyred in the fight against Daesh in Hajin on 6th October. He had been serving in the YPG, fighting for the revolution in Rojava for 4 months. For as long as I’d known him he was a loving comrade and a true revolutionary. I’m still struggling to find the words to describe him – he was so thoughtful and creative he defied simple generalisation. Whatever I write will merely scratch the surface of what he meant to me and so many people.

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.

Kurdish-Speaking Anarchist Forum calls for pressure against Iraq assault

  • Posted on: 19 October 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Freedom News UK

Below is a statement released by KAF, a Kurdish-speaking anarchist group, in the wake of the recent Iraqi government assault on Kirkuk and other Kurdish-held positions — and against the destructive policies of Marsoud Barzani’s government.

First, a Symbol of Occupy Wall Street. Then He Waded Into Syria.

  • Posted on: 13 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

From The New York Times

Robert Grodt was a volunteer medic at the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011, when he pulled Kaylee Dedrick, who had just been pepper-sprayed in the face, out of the crowd to treat her.

The pair quickly hit it off, and when video of Ms. Dedrick being sprayed in the face captured the world’s attention, the spotlight turned to their budding romance.

Experiences in Rojava: Interview with an anarchist YPG volunteer

  • Posted on: 8 March 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Kurdish Question

We met and interviewed a person who travelled to Rojava to be a volunteer in the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG). We present this interview anonymously, as wished by the person interviewed.

What inspired you to travel to Rojava and join the YPG?

Different aspects, but it connected me and others to our own historical roots such as antifascism, or revolutionary internationalism.

Were you in the International Batallion?

American Anarchist Michael Israel Killed by Turkish State While Fighting ISIS

  • Posted on: 1 December 2016
  • By: thecollective

People’s Protection Units (YPG) volunteers, American Michael Israel (27) and German Anton Neshek (Zana Ciwan), were killed by Turkish warplanes on 29 November according to another international volunteer fighting alongside the pair against the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS/ISIL), north of Raqqa.

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