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(en) International Freedom Battalion morn omrades Cömert, Zahide, Cihan and Idil

Date Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:30:21 +0300


As the anglophone members of the International Freedom Battalion we are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of our dear comrades Cömert, Zahide, Cihan and Idil. Over the course of many months we lived, fought and learned together in the very close and intimate spaces that only the front lines of revolution can provide. We have to the best of our abilities translated the original #BÖG martyrdom announcement from Turkish to English. We regret we do not have more time and resources to devote to a more personalized eulogy to each one of our beloved comrades, for we could spend hours furiously typing through tears and laughter, writing anecdotes and fond memories that would not cover a single percent of the greatness that deserves to be understood of these heroes.

Instead, we hope that this will serve as a spark for the English speaking world to renew interest in the Turkish revolutionary left. Sadly the geopolitical climate does not allow much English language coverage of the Turkish left but nevertheless it is
our belief that the current situation in Turkey is one of the foremost revolutionary situations in the world today-- second only to Rojava.

Although many of us come from different ideological backgrounds and vastly different stages/situations in our native countries, we have been treated here excellently not simply as guests here but as true comrades and we wish to return the favor; sadly our current situation on the embattled #Raqqa front prohibits us from doing this. So with this in mind we call on all supporters of the Rojava revolution, the #IFB, and revolutionary internationalism to please do what you can to familiarize yourself with the revolutionaries of Turkey (BÖG, #MLKP, #TIKKO and the #HBDH as a whole). Please translate their texts, read their movements' histories, analyze their constantly maturing ideology and praxis, follow their actions and news as it unfolds - make this fight yours as they have made our fight theirs. It is only through this-the continuing of struggle (whether it be of mind, in the streets, or on the barricades) - can we properly honor the life of our comrades Cömert, Zahide, Cihan and Idil.

This is why we say with Love & Rage In our hearts

The Martyrs are Immortal!

Shahid Namarin!

Long Live the Global Revolution!

- Anglophone members of the International Freedom Battalion
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