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Archive for the ‘Autonomy’ Category

War against ISIS/Daesh: Kobanê’s internationalist women fighters: 2015 must be the year of women (Kurdistan)

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

KOBANÊ – Marxist women fighters from Turkey have called for all women to make 2015 the year of women.The women,who have fought alongside their Kurdish comrades to defend Kobanê and are now working in there construction, sent their greetings for March 8, International Working Women’s Day, to all the oppressed women and LGBTQI people in the world.

“Seeing 14, 15-year-old girls coming here wanting to defend their homeland affects you like you can’t believe,” said Ulrike Barbara of TİKKO (Liberation Army of the Workers and Peasants of Turkey). “I’ve been here for two months but I really regret not coming earlier.”

Ulrike had long been interested in women’s issues while she was in Turkey. She stressed the intimate link between the violence against women and minorities in Turkey and the attacks of rapist Daesh gangs against Kurdish women, carried out with the logistical support of the Turkish government.

Roza Kutlu of the MLKP (Marxist-Leninist Communist Party) said the Kobanê martyrdom of Sarya Özgür, a fellow MLKP fighter, was one of the factors that moved her to come here, but that Kurdish women fighters and martyrs had long been an inspiration for her. Now Arîn Mîrxan, the martyr who sacrificed herself to liberate the city, had become an inspiration for her and all her comrades.

“The resistance led by the YPJ here has been an example to us all,” said Rezzan Işık of the MLKP. “Women walk the streets with confidence here, with guns in their hands. They’ve made the heroic sacrifices on the front lines—women like Arîn Mîrxan, Sarya Özgür and Kader Ortakaya.”

She said these martyrs in the Kobanê resistance, giving their all against the rapist Daesh gang members, inspired her to fight for and defend herself. Now she has come here hoping to take part in the reconstruction process, saying she wanted to help build a woman’s city on the site where so many women gave their lives for freedom.

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War against ISIS/Daesh: YPG have liberated the strategic target of Tel Hamis plus many other villages – Revenge for the fallen heroes – Death to the Islamic-fascists (Kurdistan)

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The heroic fighters of YPG, YPJ and Lions of Rojava are taking the fight to the murdering fanatics of Daesh. Many of the Daesh members have been slaughtered in droves or they are running away. Our fighters consolidated their territorial control and will stop until the enemy is defeated. Breaking reports indicate that Tel Hamis has fallen from Daesh hands, as the fighters liberated the area and killed 211 Daesh members, capturing 8 alive. Then the cowardly scum of Daesh headed for Til Temir and committed a massacre against the Assyrian people there. Here is a report from before the victory, followed by a rundown of events:

YPG Command Spokesman Rêdur Xelil and YPJ Commander Nesrin Abdullah who provided information to reporters about the operation in Til Hemis going on for 6 days said that YPG/YPJ forces have surrounded Til Hemis from three fronts while only the Til Berak area in the western side remained under ISIS control.

Remarking that fierce clashes have been taking place in the region for the past six days, Rêdur Xelil said Arab civilians also participated in the operation actively.

Xelil said the town of Til Hemis was the largest ISIS headquarters in Cizîrê Canton, adding: “ISIS constituted a threat against the Cizîrê region. In addition, a side of Til Hemis neighbors Sinjar, because of which Sinjar also faced a threat. Gangs were also using Til Hemis as a front of theirs from Mosul. They have caused great damage to the people living here.”

Xelil added that the operation which was launched to eliminate this threat was also being supported by an artillery unit of the Peshmerga forces from the South Kurdistan side of the border. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Rest In Power Ashley, Australian YPG Fighter KIA Defending Shingal (Kurdistan)

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

First reports are coming in that an Australian YPG volunteer named Ashley [also known by his Kurdish name, Hevan Bagok] has been killed in combat defending the town of Shingal, also known as Sinjar in Nineveh Province near Mt Sinjar. There are also reports coming in of another foreign fighter killed in combat, however no confirmed details have been released yet.

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Sydney: Protect The Block! Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy Facing Eviction – 23 Feb! (Au$tralia)

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

The Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Sydney is facing eviction on Monday 23rd February. The Embassy are calling for people to come down and help them resist eviction.

The embassy plans to apply for an injunction Monday against the eviction order, which was issued by the Aboriginal Housing Corporation (AHC) on Friday afternoon. The order demands the total dismantling of Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy, which has been a 24 hour protest camp since May 2014. In an area known as the ‘Block’, it sits wedged between Redfern Station and Eveleigh Street. It’s a sparse green oval resting on a grey concrete slope. On first glance it’s as unassuming and ordinary as its namesake would suggest. But the tents have only catalysed the political discontent and community activism that has boiled below the suburb’s surface for years.

The site has grown over the months to include vegetable patches and a seed bank, a sacred fire pit, kitchen and a collection of tents. The embassy was established to protest a controversial redevelopment plan for the Block – a chunk of Sydney’s Redfern suburb where Indigenous Australians have been promised affordable housing since the 1970s. When the AHC first began to be handed parts of what would later become the Block in the 1970s, it was widely viewed as a major victory in the battle for Indigenous land rights. The entire area was earmarked for affordable housing for Indigenous Australians. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Injured Dutch YPG fighter treated in Germany – “My heart is in Kobanê” (Kurdistan)

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM
Aachen – Anf/ ali güler

YPG fighter Richard Jansen from Holland who has been brought back to Europe for treatment for an injury he sustained in clashes in Sinjar said that: “I am happy to be a part of the honorable struggle waged by the Kurds. I was injured very early and I am sorry that my fight remained unfinished.”

Richard Jansen from the town of Schiadam in Amsterdam joined the ranks of the YPG (People’s Defense Units) some four and a half months ago in support of the Kurdish struggle against ISIS gangs.

Jansen who took the name of Serdar Botan was wounded on the head after a mortar shell fired by ISIS fell on a YPG emplacement in Sinjar one and a half month ago. He has been taken to the German city of Dusseldorf for treatment in a plane that took off from South Kurdistan earlier today. (more…)

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Aylesbury Estate occupation holds off 100 riot cops – New block going strong (UK)

Saturday, February 21st, 2015



From rabbleLDN:

The main article below is reposted from inthebellyofthebeast. Also see fightfortheaylesbury website for further reports and updates. As of today (21 Feb), the occupation of the new block (69-76 Chartridge) continues, and this afternoon the squatters are holding a “fun day” with food and football.

17th Feburary 2015

On Tuesday night Southwark council workers along with 100 cops attacked squatters on the abandoned Aylesbury housing estate (one of the largest in Europe), in a ‘para-military’ operation.

The cops & council workers were prevented from entering the squatted building earlier in the evening by a burning barricade of mattresses and steel sheets. An army of TSG (Tactical Support Group, riot police unit) then descended upon the other steel plated entrance with angle grinders, as sparks started to fly a ferocious resistance ensued, the squatters preventing the cops from entering for two whole hours, as they pelted the cops with any object to hand and broke their angle grinder several times. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Statements from MLKP in Kobane (Kurdistan)

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

International revolutionaries of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Turkey arrived in Rojava and they said the following things about their motivation to participate in the revolution:

Martos:

“The Rojava Revolution is a war against fascist forces, the IS gangs. This is the reason why we are here. This revolution is also an example for the revolutions all over the world. We’re here to spread the revolution.”

Thälmann Demircioğlu:

“The imperialists claim that there are neither revolution nor class struggle in the 21th century. But here in Rojava there is an actual revolution. For this reason all communists and internationalists should come here to defend the revolution with weapons in their hands. The experiences gathered here have to be carried back to the countries to start the revolution their as well.” (more…)

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Living Up To The Name, Guerrero (Mexico)

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Here is an overview that we were sent reporting on some recent events in Guerrero, written by a Mexican anarchist living in the U$A

Guerrero, considered to be one of the most violent states in Mexico, seems to be in a never ending state of chaos. Murders in the beach resort town of Acapulco, the capital city Chilpancingo, multiple clandestine grave sites and of course, the Iguala massacre. Estado Fallido, failed state, is constantly used to describe Mexico, but especially Guerrero. No doubts there, police involvement in many heinous crimes, politicians and political parties working hand in hand with organized crime. A failed state, but what is a functioning state?

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War against ISIS/Daesh: YPG reaches toward Jarablus, al-Raqqa threatened, another British fighter joins YPG (Kurdistan)

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Above: Kurdish joint forces intensify anti-ISIS operations in Syria.

On Wednesday, the Kurdish joint forces (People’s Protection Units “YPG” and the Peshmerga) pounded locations of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the city of Jarablus, in northern Syria. The Kurdish forces launched rockets from the village of al-Bayadiya in the countryside of the Jarablus, targeting military units of IS. Speaking to ARA News in Jarablus, media activist Ali Mahmoud reported that more than six rockets hit IS strongholds in the city center and Safa neighborhood. No casualties were reported.

Nuha Mustafa, a teacher based in Jarablus, said that the Kurdish rockets caused a state of alert among IS militants, who started to move weapons from the targeted areas to other neighborhoods in the city.

“Civilians were trying to escape, but all roads were blocked by IS militants who were preparing for confrontations with the Kurdish forces,” said Mustafa. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: More than 14 terrorist forces killed around Kobanê (Kurdistan)

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

ROJAVA, Kobanê, Feb 18, 2015 – The resistance against the occupation attempts of Daesh (ISIS) terrorists in Kobanê, which has reached the initial stage of victory, continued Feb. 17 on day 156.

As part of the second phase of Campaign Kobanê Liberation, members of the People’s Defense Units (YPG) along with the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) are persistently continuing their operations around the city of Kobanê. Rapidly advancing in the rural area of the city, our forces continue to carry out constant operations against the terrorist-occupied villages and points there.

Our units last night launched an operation against 6 terrorist-occupied villages in west Kobanê.

The villages of Bîreloz, Sêv Elî, Derbenov, Derbazina Mezin, Derbazina Navîn and Derbazina Horan were effectively liberated from terrorist forces through quick task processes. And in this way, our units have managed to reach and retake their positions of the time prior to the terrorist attacks since 15th September 2014. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: YPJ Commander Azime Deniz – “We are ready to unite the 3 cantons of Rojava” (Kurdistan)

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

YPJ Commander Azime Deniz who talked about the second wave of operations said victory in Kobanê was close and that they would soon give the good news of the liberation of the entire lands of the Kobanê Canton.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Kobanê/kadri özkan/rojda korkmaz

YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units) fighters launched a second wave of operations to liberate the villages of Kobanê on 27 January, one day after the town centre was cleansed of ISIS gangs as a result of 134-day historic resistance to the attacks of ISIS gangs that first started on 15 September. A number of villages on the western, eastern and southern fronts of Kobanê have been liberated so far as part of the ongoing operations, as YPG/YPJ continue forcing the ISIS gangs to withdraw with heavy losses.

YPJ Commander Azime Deniz who talked about the second wave of operations said victory in Kobanê was close and that they would soon give the good news of the liberation of the entire lands of the Kobanê Canton.

‘Gangs fleeing to the Turkish border’

Deniz recalled that they have seized strategic points that could pose a danger over the city, and the surrounding villages in the first days of the second operation which was started soon after the liberation of Kobanê town centre thanks to the self-sacrificing spirit of the fighters. (more…)

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Anti Fascist Action Stockholm: Travel Report From Rojava (Kurdistan)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Via Bc9AcE:

When we write this it is a little over a week since the Kobanê Canton’s defense forces, YPG and YPJ, declared victory in Kobanê.

The victory means a lot for the Kurds. The city’s resistance has become a symbol in the resistance against ISIS, whom the Kurds call Daesh. Daesh is an abbreviation of ISIS but is similar to the Arabic ”daes” which means to trample or crush. It is used in this context derogatorily of ISIS and removes ISIS’ right to name themselves. The fascists of ISIS have banned the word in the areas they control and they take it so seriously that those that use it are threatened with having their tongues cut out.

Many have asked themselves how the Kurds have been able to beat back Daesh. The fight against Daesh has been undertaken with substandard military equipment. Many quickly point out that YPG/YPJ have had assistance from an international coalition that has been performing airstrikes against Daesh. That is in itself not a reasonable explanation to how the victory was achieved in Kobanê as the bombing did not live up to the expectations. When the bombing began in October many thought the victory was close but it took another near four months before victory could be declared. The answer for the question how the Kurds could beat Daesh in Kobanê must be sought elsewhere. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Operation Kobanê Liberation continues to advance, reports of YPG units entering Daesh stronghold Raqqa (Kurdistan, Syria)

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Latest: YPG Enters Raqqa

16 Feb 2015 - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces have captured a hill inside the administrative boundaries of Raqqa, which is controlled by ISIS gangs.

One of the most reliable sources on the Syrian conflict, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that YPG forces have seized Baghdak Hill in the province of al-Raqqa and Jareqli Hill in the southwest of the city. The YPG is being supported by the brigade of al-Raqqa rebels and the battalions of Shams al- Shamal in the Kobane countryside.

The most intensive clashes since the liberation of Kobane on 26 January have taken place according to the human rights organisation, resulting in the death of 35 ISIS gang members and 4 YPG fighters.

These details were also corroborated by the statement from the YPG Press Centre. The statement also claimed that 18 ISIS members were captured alive. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Poster in solidarity with armed groups Sosyal İsyan & Birleşik Özgürlük Güçleri – Social Revolt & United Liberation Forces (Kurdistan)

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Yaşasın enternasyonal güçlerimiz! Yaşasın Rojava savunmamız! Yaşasın Sosyal İsyan! Yaşasın Birleşik Özgürlük Güçleri!

Long live our international power! Long live our defense of Rojava!
Long live Social Revolt! Long live the United Liberation Forces!

https://www.facebook.com/sosyalisyan

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Short Video Statement From An Anarchist Guerilla Defending Kobane (Kurdistan)

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Short statement (in English) from Todd, a member of Sosyal Isyan (Social Rebellion) who are part of Birleşik Özgürlük Güçleri (United Liberation Forces) – the international anarchist & communist guerillas defending Kobane.

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Islamic-fascists fleeing the battlefield – YPG/YPJ campaign continues in force (Kurdistan)

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Further advances in the countryside of Kobanê

Kobanê,- The continuing defense against terrorist attacks of Daesh (ISIS) continued Jan 30 in Kobanê, on the 138th day of resistance. Following the Campaign to Liberate Kobanê, our forces of the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) are consistent in their movements in the countryside of Kobanê.

After liberation of Kobanê city on Jan 26, our units speedily targeted the terrorist groups positioned in villages around Kobanê. Our forces continue to make progress in the rural area of the city where several villages were liberated from terrorist forces last night on the southern and western front. In the operations conducted yesterday, the villages of Shikeft, Dolê, Siftek, (and three small villages) were entirely liberated from terrorist forces. A large number of terrorist members were killed during these operations but initial reports could not confirm any specific number, 2 AK-47 rifles were seized in this region.

In the morning hours of today, Jan 31, our units of the YPG/YPJ carried out an operation in the village of Îdiq, 7 kilometers south Kobanê on the road to Aleppo. In this village our forces led a swift military operation, targeted terrorist groups, and were able to inflict severe blows to terrorist forces. Heavy clashes between our units and terrorist affiliates are currently ongoing in the mentioned village, 11 members of terrorist forces have been confirmed killed to this moment. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Anarchist and ecological guerrillas involved in the rebuilding and defence of Rojava and Kobane (Kurdistan)

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

An anarchist group active in Istanbul called Social Rebellion gave their statement of solidarity with the Rojava revolution, and they went to the region to support Kobani in the reconstruction stage acting with the United Liberation Forces “Birleşik Özgürlük Güçleri” (BOG), and with green anarchists, ecologists and communists from various countries they have declared that they acted as one front.

In short interviews the comrades called for the support of anarchist revolutionaries and their contributions to be included, to the extent that they came from the hand of all the different colours of anarchist activists themselves. In addition, Social Rebellion in Kobani and Rojava announced that they will continue hereafter in the ecological guerrilla struggle.

Spanish warrior Şerwani reads a collective statement about the internationalist struggle and solidarity as an expression of the revolution:

We have established ties in the Kobani resistance, to gain victory and then continue to pursue our activities in enlarging Kobani. The United Liberation Forces have began working for the construction of communal life in Kobani, as well as defending the revolution. … Libertarian, ecologist, anti-capitalist, all the forces of their colors, bringing us together while preserving each their own self-organization in their own language, and fight against the capitalist system that is hostile to nature. Solidarity is essential and decisive in Kobani, to this end and to be in a persistent struggle to take part in the rebellion, we mobilize all our strength, we decided to go forward.


Organize! Armed! Revolution!

-Sosyal Savas

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Eleventh Anarchist Bookfair in Zagreb (Croatia)

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The Eleventh Anarchist Bookfair in Zagreb will take place on April 10th to
April 12th, 2015.

Anarchist Bookfair in Zagreb (ASK – Anarhisticki sajam knjiga) is annual
anarchist event and first ten bookfairs went well, and we hope to bring in
more and more people every year as participants, publishers, groups,
projects – whoever is interested in what the bookfair has to offer.

For discussion part everything is open, as every year, so all suggestions,
ideas, etc are welcome, as well as texts that you find interesting for
further debate. (more…)

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Destroika: Call for resistance on the opening of the European Central Bank (Germany)

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

1. Destroika Blog

2. Call for a convergence of resistance

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Three villages liberated, operations continue in two others (Kurdistan)

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

KOBANÊ 31.01.2015 13:30:13

The Kobanê resistance continues on its 138th day with operations launched by YPG/YPJ forces to cleanse the villages of ISIS gangs following the liberation of the city centre.

Issuing a statement on the ongoing operations, the YPG Press Office said the villages of Siftek, Shikeft and Dolê 10 km to the west of the town were liberated last night while operations in Îdiq and Tel Hajib villages on the Aleppo road were continuing. YPG said the numbers of gang casualties last night could not be ascertained. (more…)

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