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(en) Syrian anarchist Mazen Km Almaz explores what he thinks Camillo Berneri would have said.

Date Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:47:59 +0200


Summary: In this article Syrian anarchist Mazen Km Almaz explores what he thinks Camillo Berneri, Italian anarchist militant and propagandist who fought the fascists during the Spanish Civil war would have to say to Syrian rebels today. He says that Spanish workers and peasants became involved in a long and difficult conflict where the forces of authoritarianism were competing on the threshold of a continental war, much like what happened with the Syrian revolution. He compares the situation in Syria to the Spanish Civil war where Hitler and Mussolini supported Franco their ally and the British government distanced itself from the conflict and Popular Front government. He says Berneri warned the militias how their supplier of arms, Stalin would attempt to coopt and control their struggle through the centralization of power and allow Spanish stalinists to gain control of the militias and unions. He says that Berneri would advise the Syrian rebels to unify their struggle with oppressed people around them such as the with the Kurds.

“It is not true that the freedom of Syrian Kurds is in contradiction with the freedom of the Arabs in Syria, these are lies invented by successive authoritarian regimes in this region as part of their attempt to justify their tyranny.”

He says that Berneri also advocated not just political revolution but also social revolution. Mazen argues thilst the Syrian rebels have expropriated from a large number of small and medium sized capitalists and a much small number of big capitalist and also grabbed an important part of the property of the state and natural resources such as oil -this property has not been transferred to collective ownership, only changed the hands of owners to those battalions that seized it. Km Al Maz says that Berneri would have advocated to the Syrian rebels to begin to confront the issue of equitable distribution of wealth because this is essential to rebuild the community and address the core issue of the distribution of power.
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