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(en) Rojava, Internationalist Commune: From Semalka to Kandil: Solidarity!
Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:13:26 +0300
After several demonstrations and a two-day march to the border of Basur to go to Kandil,
in order to resist the Turkish attacks, people were not allowed to cross the border.
Therefore, a solidarity tent was erected on the border of Rojava with Basur in Semalka,
north-east of Rojava, to protest against the turkish attacks on Kandil. Initiator of this
several-week action was the youth of Rojava. ---- Since 24th July 2018 next to the border
that follows the course of the Dicle, on a large parking lot is a tent surrounded by
banners. On the banners there are various messages in Arabic and Kurdish for the Guerrilla
in the mountains and the Kurdish Workers' Party PKK. Surrounded by hills, small villages,
checkpoints, trucks and dried-up soil, Semalka Camp has become more than a place of
resistance. It also became a place of encounter and collective resistance. Every day many
young people, but also older people from various cities and villages Rojavas come to stand
together against the attacks against Kandil.
It came the MSD youth from Heseke (Meclisa Syria Democratik - the Syrian Democratic
Council) with the YCR (Yekitiya Ciwanen Rojava), also the youth of Deriks. From Qamishli,
Til Temer, Sere Kanyi, Til Kocer, Kobane came buses.
The Internationalist Commune was also present together with the youth of the PYD. Very
impressive was the fact that young people from seven different Arab places come here,
discuss the philosophy of Abdullah Öcalan, the relation to their homeland and about
legitimate self-defense. We cook together, organize education on the meaning of homeland
and escape, the capitalist north, ethics and culture. We discussed, languages were
exchanged, we laughed, danced, we got to know each other, builded connections, made friends.
Behind these weeks there is an impressive organization. Organized groups and individuals,
arabs, kurds, turkmen and assyrish youths arriving from the youth centers together in
convoys. Every three days the groups alternate. The youth from Raqqa, Deir el Zor and
Tapqa drove over 12 hours to stay a few hours in Semalka and sended a militant signal. The
workers, who load their trucks here every day on the square around the tent and drive
through the country, made a united press statement in solidarity with Kandil.
Each evening, various structures such as TEV-DEM, YPJ / YPG, Kongra Star, Malbata Sehidan
(family organization of the fallen), families from the surrounding villages, dancing
groups or musicians come here to emphasize the relevance of solidarity with Kandil.
Seen from the outside, a tent that can accommodate a hundred or so people has thousands
inside. Here come together those who have been building self-government for years in these
confused wars. And those who join this fight. A movement that builds on connecting
elements in the contradictions and challenges (of different cultures, religions, ethnic
groups and history). A movement that takes the women's revolution in the first place.
Older kurdish women and men who know the revolutionary movement and Abdullah Öcalan come
here to strengthen morale and make speeches. Young people who have spent half their lives
in war and are confronted at a young age with situations and decisions that are difficult
to imagine for many coming from Europe.
The choice to stay in Rojava and the try to survive. The choice to join the islamist gangs
or the Syrian state or flee the enticing lie of capitalism of a life in freedom. Or to
fight against all this with the revolutionary movement in Rojava. For Democratic
Confederalism, for a communal life along the needs of the people living here. For freedom
of choice within a social, communal life. For the women's revolution. For a world beyond
state power and violence.
The war leaves deep traces. But there is an organized revolutionary perspective that
fights tirelessly for the freedom of all, and has been supporting the population for
decades, an indescribable force that has been concentrat
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