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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #285 - AL-Kurdistan tour: Three revolutionaries, 25 dates, a big success (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 15 Jul 2018 14:30:40 +0300

From May 27 to June 30, Alternative Libertaire organized a round of debates with the French Arthur and Siyah, and the American Arges, ex-combatants in the YPG in Syria. A very positive assessment. ---- Big success and great satisfaction for the meeting of rallies organized by Alternative libertaire this year, in solidarity with the Kurdish left. From May 27 to June 30, three former international volunteers in the YPG, accompanied by a driver, traveled the roads of France to hold 25 meetings in all regions of the country. Our comrade Arthur Aberlin, who held the Kurdistan-autogestion-revolution.org blog in 2017, was there with two other revolutionaries engaged in the YPG between 2016 and 2018: the French Siyah and the American Arges.
Almost everywhere, the rooms were well filled , with peaks to more than 200 people, Toulouse, Nantes and Montpellier: libertarians, anticolonialists, revolutionaries, trade unionists, curious ... The Kurdish diaspora was also very present, welcoming several dates of the tour in its premises. It has often been the occasion of a warm rapprochement with local AL activists.

Because of some precedents, there was fear, here and there, a fist action of pro-Erdogan nationalists. It has not happened. A conspiratorialist here, a Soralian there: nothing serious. In Orleans, an attempted raid by the Action Francaise came to a halt (or rather Azincourt) for the royal junk, which promptly disengaged.

On the content side, the evening was generally introduced by the film by Mireille Court and Chris den Hond, Rojava, a utopia in the heart of Syrian chaos . This 45-minute documentary, produced in a semi-professional way, has the great advantage, over many other productions, of not focusing on the military aspects and avoiding the clichés about the " valiant Kurdish fighters ": it paints a A quick but well-documented overview of the different aspects of the revolutionary process in northern Syria, ideal for people with little knowledge of the issue.

Then, the speakers answered directly to the questions and objections of the room, or gave a conference in six points : the question of the emancipation of women ; the architecture of pluricommunity democracy ; the question of anticapitalism in the revolutionary process ; the alternative to the state model ; the life of every day in the revolution ; the revolutionary structures that allowed this revolution to be born.

Report France 3 Kurdistan May 29, 2018 from Alternative libertarian on Vimeo .

A small report from France 3 on the occasion of the passage in Orleans of the Kurdistan Revolution self-management tour. Politically, the talk by the journalist is several notches above what is usually done on TV on the volunteer fighters in the YPG. It does not speak of warrior romance, but of revolution, political project and emancipation.

On the bottom, it was rich and dense, with political analyzes intertwined with things seen and lived sometimes unexpected.

At each stage, the AL groups who hosted the event recalled that the libertarian communists provide critical support to the Kurdish left: an authoritarian drift is indeed always possible (the democratic system of the communes coexists with a leading party, the PYD, who has the upper hand on the military command), as well as instrumentalisation by foreign powers (United States, Russia, France ...).

One subject has only been touched on: Afrîn . This cruel defeat has not been digested. The most advanced and prosperous Kurdish canton is now occupied by the Turkish army and Islamist militias of the ASL. Beyond the thousands of civilian and military deaths in the Turkish bombings, nearly 200,000 people were driven from their homes, now occupied by Arab or Turkmen displaced by Ankara, as in the good old days of the Ottoman Empire. The ethnic cleansing enterprise is thus confirmed and, as in Palestine, the question of the right of return of refugees will arise. We will have the opportunity to talk about it again.

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