Interview with Crimethinc: One Year Since the Turkish Invasion of Rojava

One year ago, with the blessing of Donald Trump, Turkish forces invaded Rojava seeking to perpetrate ethnic cleansing in order to forcibly resettle the area, committing summary executions and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Since 2012, the autonomous region of Rojava had hosted a multi-ethnic experiment in self-determination and women’s autonomy while fighting the Islamic State (ISIS). Anarchists participated in resisting the Turkish invasion, some as combat medics on the ground in Syria and others as part of an international solidarity campaign. To this day, Turkish forces continue to occupy a swath of territory in Syria, but they were blocked from conquering the entire region.

Anarchists from around the world have been involved in the experiment in Rojava for many years, joining the YPJ and YPG (“People’s Protection Units”) at the time of the defense of Kobanê against the Islamic State and later forming their own organizations, including the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces (IRPGF) and most recently, Tekoşîna Anarşîst (“Anarchist Struggle,” or TA), founded in autumn 2017. In the following extensive interview, several participants in TA compare their experiences fighting the Islamic State and fighting Turkey, explore what has occurred in Syria since the invasion, evaluate the effectiveness of anarchist interventions in Rojava, and discuss what others around the world can learn from struggles in the region. Continue reading Interview with Crimethinc: One Year Since the Turkish Invasion of Rojava

Drawen picture of Ş. Ceren Güneş

Tekoşîna Anarşîst on the 9th of October 2020:

“It is our duty to remember our history of resistance, our history of struggle. To remember all those who fought for freedom with us and before us, and never forget that we are here today because of their sacrifice and dedication to the struggle.”

Archive of revolutionary anarchist collective working in NE Syria with a focus on people's self-defense