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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]

Date 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 Turkish state.

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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