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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - Syria-Kurdistan, A libertarian communist in IFB # 11: "Back in France, other forms of struggle" (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]
Wed, 5 Sep 2018 08:59:52 +0300
"With the YPG-YPJ, as well as with the communists of Turkey and anarchists of all
countries, I have been able to experience another way of experiencing comradeship,
necessarily different from the one we know in Europe." ---- Libertarian Alternative
reproduces the posts of the blog Kurdistan-Autogestion-Revolution where, after Arthur
Aberlin, engaged in the YPG, now expresses Damien Keller, engaged him in the International
Liberation Battalion (IFB). ---- Over the weeks, he will testify to life in the IFB, the
debates that are going on and the evolution of the revolutionary process in the Democratic
Federation of Northern Syria. ---- This is my last post on this blog. I have been back in
Europe for a few days, after several months in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.
With the YPG-YPJ as well as with the communists of Turkey and anarchists of all countries,
I was able to experience another way of experiencing camaraderie, necessarily different
from the one we know in Europe.
This is partly due to the Tekmil, the regular meeting inherited from Turkish Maoism,
during which everyone is invited to self-criticize, criticize (including officers) and
make proposals to improve daily.
But it is of course especially the context of armed conflict that changes everything:
overnight, a comrade with whom we had tea the day before can be killed by bombing the
Turkish state or by a mine. Daech.
But here, according to the adage, " martyrs do not die " (" Sehîd namirin "), and
their memory is everywhere. Public tributes are paid to them ; there are cemeteries
reserved for the sehîd (in the canton of Afrîn, the Islamists have destroyed two) ; their
portraits are displayed in many places: in shops, in the streets, in houses, on bus and
car hoods ; public institutions (schools, hospitals, ...) often carry their names. Even
our war names are dedicated to them.
Finally, the committees of the families of martyrs create spaces of memory, often large
rooms with walls covered with their portraits.
These moments of commemoration are moments of political and human cohesion, as were, for
decades, the " rise to the wall of federates " for the Paris Commune of 1871, or the
great meetings of the Spanish Exile in memory of the fallen martyrs in the face of
Francoism, or the Irish marches to commemorate the 1916 Easter uprising.
Soon will begin the trial of the murderers of Clement Meric ; one day, hopefully, there
will be the one of the assassins of Adama Traore. The annual events in their memory are
the way to claim justice, keep their memory, and show that the fight continues.
During my return, I will think of all these comrades, European volunteers like me, but
especially Turkish, Arab, Kurdish, Yazidis, Alevis, Turkmen, Assyrians ... to those killed
by the Islamic State, by groups of the ASL in Afrîn, by the tanks and planes of the
Staying a volunteer
Back in France, it is of course impossible for my armed commitment to Rojava to influence
my militant practices. The armed struggle has nothing to do with the political, social and
historical context of the country, nor with the level of class consciousness and revolt in
the population. This was already the case in the 1980s, the time of the Red Army Fraction
and Action Directe ...
The fight for the revolution in Rojava is far from over, we can not predict the outcome.
This conflict will last for several years and the imperialist states - the United States,
Russia, France ... - will still seek to exploit the Kurdish left to serve their interests.
It is therefore important for it to benefit from other political support, including that
of the revolutionary movement. More international and international libertarian volunteers
are needed in the YPG-YPJ ranks. And of course, abroad, you have to participate in
solidarity demonstrations with the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria ; seek justice
for the murder of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Söylemez ; help feminist,
ecological and democratic projects to take shape.
Long live the revolution !
Damien Keller, August 28, 2018
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