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(en) alas barricadas: November 1, international day of support for Kobane. by harrison (ca, it) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:33:26 +0200

It has been 3 years since the summer of 2014 in which the Islamic State (ISIS) swept away much of Syria and Iraq. It seemed that nothing could stop the offensive of Islamic fascism, which for each territory they conquered increased their armament and economic arsenals. ---- In northern Syria (Rojava for the Kurds) the Syrian state had disappeared de facto, taking control of the democratic Kurdish forces represented by the PYD (Democratic Union Party) and its armed forces YPG (Protected People Units) and YPJ, which are part of the Confederal Democratic conglomerate linked to the ideology of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and its leader Abdullah Ocalan. ---- One of the Kurdish bastions was the city of Kobane. The ISIS came to control 60% of the city that was completely besieged. The battle took epic proportions with Kurdish resistance at a distinct disadvantage. After 6 months of fighting the city was released, which was a turning point in the Syrian war and the first major blow against the ISIS.

Since then, the International Day of Solidarity with Kobane has been celebrated every November 1st to commemorate this victory and to support the democratic revolution that is taking place in Rojava with the development of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.

With the recent liberation of Raqqa , the former capital of ISIS, by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) few important cities remain in the hands of ISIS and the war is approaching a new scenario where we will have to see the fit of the confederalist project in Syria that comes out of the war and the constant threats of invasion by Turkey.

Call in Madrid on November 1st in Tirso de Molina at 18:00 by Rojava Azadi:

This November 1st we took to the streets in solidarity with the Kurdish liberation movement and its struggle against ISIS Islamic fascism.

In the summer of 2014 ISIS dominates much of the territory of Syria and Iraq. In northern Syria, where cultures such as Kurdish, Assyrian or Arab coexist, a siege of the ISIS over the city of Kobane lasted for months. The resistance of the Kurdish self-defense forces (YPG / YPJ) was heroic in character and was a turning point in the war against ISIS. Since then, the YPG / YPJ, forming a major alliance through the Syrian Democratic Forces, have been gaining ground to the ISIS until the victory last October 19 in which it was the capital of the Islamic State, Raqqa.

These military victories go hand in hand with a major political project: Democratic Confederalism. A political and social model based on the pillars of women's emancipation, respect for nature, the importance of youth, direct democracy and political pluralism where different cultures and ethnic groups coexist in a peaceful and egalitarian way. This model is the one that began to implant after the victory in Kobane and the declaration of the Democratic Autonomy on 19 of July of 2012. Since then the zone that we knew like Roja has been constituted in a major project that intends to carry out a democratic revolution throughout the Middle East. This project takes shape today in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.

These events are the continuation of more than 40 years of struggle by the Kurdish liberation movement which began in 1978 with the founding of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the open war against Turkish colonialism and lack of freedoms political and cultural aspects of the Kurdish population. Today, this movement has grown in strength, number, capacity, control of territory and sympathies, being one of the great world leaders, along with the Zapatistas in Mexico, for those people and movements that wish to overcome capitalism towards a democratic society of the hand of women's liberation and social ecology.

The repression against this movement of emancipation is tremendous. The PKK is outlawed and treated as an international terrorist organization and its leader, Abdullah Öcalan, has been in isolation since 1999 in a Turkish prison on the island of Imrali. That is why we consider it as important to unmask the Turkish Fascist regime of Erdogan and to demand political liberties for the Kurdish people and the liberation of all political prisoners.

From Rojava Azadi Madrid we invite you to actively support us in the international demonstration of November 1st and to know in depth this movement that we believe can contribute so much to our struggles and our way of seeing and changing the world.

For international solidarity among peoples.
Long live the resistance of Kurdistan.
Biji Berxwadana Kurdistan.

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