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(en) [Kurdistan] American anarchist dies fighting against Islamic state By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 15 Jul 2017 08:59:22 +0300

US doctor and anarchist Robert Grodt (Demhat Goldman), who fought in the ranks of the People's Protection Units (YPG), died on July 6 during a battle against the Islamic State (EI) group in Raqqa , In Syria, the YPG said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. ---- In a video, Grodt, 28, of California, said he decided to join the YPG last March "to help the Kurdish people in their struggle for autonomy in Syria and elsewhere, and to help create a more secure environment ". ---- Elizabeth Clarke, a relative of Grodt, said on Facebook that he had "unexpectedly died in Syria." ---- "He was there helping oppressed people, his passion for life," she wrote. "I will always remember Rob for his commitment to his ideals. He and Kaylee taught me to chain myself to the other person in the protests of the days of Occupy Wall Street and I will never forget the correct pronunciation in Greek of my favorite sandwich, gyro. "

"The most important thing is that I will always be grateful that he was there for Kaylee when she most needed someone and that he was a wonderful father to Tegan. What a gift he left to the world! Thank you for being part of our family. "

Grodt was in the headlines during the Occupy Wall Street movement in September 2012 after being filmed going to the aid of Kaylee Dedrick, a demonstrator who was given a spray of police pepper spray, in a video that suddenly turned violent. According to reports of the time, the two stayed close after this incident and later had a child together. Speaking of this time, Grodt would have said, "Nothing strengthens a relationship as a chemical agent."

Dozens of foreign volunteers who joined the YPG in recent years died in the fight against the EI. However, Robert Grodt was the first to die in an offensive to recover Raqqa from control of the Islamic state.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Euk63IYGbM
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