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(en) alas barricadas: navigating the rivers of the history of the revolutionary movements (ca) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:23:03 +0300

Today 19 of July 5 years that the autonomy of Rojava was declared. The revolutionary process that has been developing and expanding since then is a valuable learning process for the entire world, and we want to commemorate this day from the Internationalist Commune of Rojava. Source: Rojava Azadî. ---- When we study the reality that surrounds us, it is important to understand how the events that precede us affect our lives and our societies. It is important to commemorate those events where organized people manage to write the history of their own fist, and July 19 is a significant day in various revolutionary processes that have taken place in different parts of the world. ---- The 19 of July of 1936, in territory administered by the Spanish state in the south of Europe, began a popular uprising to respond to the coup d'etat hardened by the military forces of the Spanish state. The army sought to impose totalitarianism against popular organizations that had established themselves in the country, and which initiated revolutionary socialist processes. The civil war that followed the next 3 years was an important chapter for the history of revolutions and internationalism. Socialist militants from different European countries came to Spain in the form of international brigades, to support the revolutionary process that was taking place and to face the fascism that was growing on the continent. The model of cooperative economy that was developed,

Unfortunately, internal divisions weakened the revolutionary movement, and the military support of the fascist states led by Musolini and Hitler was far superior to that offered by the internationalist revolutionary forces. The military alliance forged between the fascist states of Spain, Italy and Germany reached the decisive military victory against the People's Army, and the fascist axis began the second world war that devastated Europe.

On July 19, 1979, in Nicaragua, the Final Offensive of the Sandinista National Liberation Front succeeded in defeating the dictatorship of the Somoza family, achieving a decisive military victory in Managua, capital of Nicaragua. The agrarian reform and the deep labor of education and literacy that developed with the democratic government, after the victory of the revolutionary movement, was a great improvement of the life of the Nicaraguan popular classes. Along with the Marxist-Leninist organizations that led the revolution, the liberation theology movement was of great importance, making the religious population connect with socialist ideas and revolutionary culture. The support he received from revolutionary organizations around the world,

Illustration by Ana Resya[@Ana_Resya]

Unfortunately, the US imperialism led by Ronald Reagan, was dedicated to organizing and financing the counterrevolution, led by former Somoza leaders. The economic embargo imposed by the United States together with the constant military aggression meant the weariness and suffocation of the Sandinista movement and revolutionary processes. After years of resistance, the counterrevolutionary movement achieved a decisive electoral victory in 1990 that put an end to the FSLN government.

On July 19, 2012, in Syrian-administered territory in the Middle East, Rojava's self-administration declared autonomy that led to the disconnection with the Assad regime in the Kurdish majority area. The civil war in the region since 2011 had polarized society between supporters of the Assad regime and its detractors, but the Kurdish population and other ethnic minorities opted for a third way. The declaration of autonomy began in a process of social revolution inspired by the democratic confederalism paradigm developed by Abdullah Öcalan. The embargo and the constant aggressions of the Turkish state made the revolution difficult, but the communal economy model and the cooperative system allowed the economic development necessary to survive.

Unfortunately, the eruption of Daesh on Syrian terrain in 2014 seriously endangered the revolution of Rojava, when theocratic fascism besieged the city of Kobane. But the revolutionary experience of the PKK, which had already achieved a major military victory against the Daesh in Sinjar, endowed the ideology and military training movement needed to liberate the city. The siege of Kobane meant the internationalization of the conflict, where in addition to the support of the international coalition formed to combat the daesh, a large number of internationalists from all over the world added to defend the revolution of Rojava. The military victory of the YPG / YPJ against the Islamic state in January 2015 began a process of expansion of the revolution, creating the federation of northern Syria. The offensive against Raqqa,

As revolutionaries and internationalists, it is important that we remember the historical legacy that precedes us, that we analyze it and that we can learn lessons that tomorrow will guide us towards victory. These dates are important days in the river of the history of revolutionary movements, and it is important that they do not fall into oblivion. We must remember the history that has led us to this day, to learn from the successes and mistakes of these historical moments and to defend the revolutionary processes that will come in the future.

From the Internationalist Commune of Rojava, we call on the revolutionary people of the whole world to be part of this revolution. The hegemony of capitalist modernity leads us to submission and individual passivity, trying to make us believe that "there is no alternative". We must become aware of our collective potential and face the capitalist modernity that dominates the world. The revolution that followed the popular uprising of Spain in 1936 was defeated by fascism. The revolution that followed the victory of the 1979 Nicaraguan Sandinista army was suffocated by imperialism. But the Revolution of Rojava is today stronger than ever, and it is our duty as internationalists and as revolutionaries to fight to defend it.
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Also on Wednesday, the Brigade July 19 , which is part of Rojava visiting the area and disseminating the processes that are taking place there, is holding a commemorative and dissemination event in La Ingobernable [Madrid].

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