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The  International Freedom Battalion responds to Erdogan and the AKP

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In the Middle East there are women who take up arms against terrorism and fanaticism. They say that from the mountains of Kurdistan comes the echo of their voices that make tremble any black flag that crosses their path. They talk about the incredible beauty of their long black hair braided and joy of see them dance before battle.

In the struggle of the Kurdish people they have created their own. And they send a clear message: No revolution has sense without Women. Because of course Kurdish women are sisters, wives and mothers but they are also warriors.

They are a symbol of courage and freedom. Life offered them two choices : resign or make clear what happens to all those who dare to question their worth on the battlefield.


Jin, 

Jiyan, 

Azadi,

(Women, Life, Freedom)

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During peace talks with imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, Turkish officials asked him:

-What does the women’s issue have to do with the Kurdish peace process?

-Where to begin?

‘’We are so far apart from AKP’s mentality. They had no understanding that our struggle demands equality for all—not just Kurds, but all.’’

The image of Sakine Cansiz (One of the co-founders of the PKK) in the Soas University of London

Sakine Cansız is a secular feminist fighter known for her charisma, her courage, her fighting spirit, her persistance and her prestige within the Kurdish community.

Her contribution to the cause of Kurdish autonomy is widely respected and is the reason why she spent years in jail, and has been tortured, exiled and finally murdered in France on 9 January 2013, with two other female Kurdish activists, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Söylemez by Turkey’s Secret services.

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Karayılan: We are here in the Zagros mountains. For centuries, no one has succeeded in conquering this region, not Saddam, not the Turks, nobody. But we have been in these mountains of freedom for over 30 years. We were here before the Americans and the new Iraqi government. This is Kurdistan, and the P K K is doing the Iraqi state no harm - on the contrary we are supporting its development.

Speaker: What is the goal of your struggle?

Karayılan: We want to live freely as Kurds. The Iranian tell us ‘you are Persians.’ The Turkish state tells us you’re Turkish, and the Arab states tells us you are Arabs. But we are neither Turks nor Arabs nor Persians. We are one of the oldest people in this part of the World and we demand our rights!

Murat Karayılan: (One of the co-founders of the Kurdistan Workers Party, PKK)

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In the face of the deadly threat posed by the so-called Islamic State, many Kurdish women decide not to leave their survival to fate. Instead, they fight for their lives and their future. Taking up arms, they join the YPG – Kurdish People’s Protection Units that defend their town’s borders from the militants. The enemy fears female warriors. Jihadists believe if they are killed by a woman they will go straight to hell.

There is a short bit showing ideological education. What is shown is very basic, and given that one girl admits to only having an 8th grade education (and other’s may have less than that) basic is a very good place to start.

Here is a transcript from the ideological class. (Who knows how this was edited, what may have been taken out, or what they simply did not film).

Instructor:
What’s collectivism?
I work for everyone, and everyone works for me.
All for one and one for all.
Capitalism controls everything: women’s freedom, men’s, sociecty in general, even nature.
The world’s forests are disapearing,trees are being cut down, everything’s being polluted.
Economy rules over society.
The economy is supreme! There’s even a saying…
“You’re only worth as much as you have in your pocket.”

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After that is an interview with the local YPJ commander about YPG-YPJ’s ideology. (Same caveats apply. Editing, cuts, ect.)

Commander:
We’re trying to build a life based on equality.
We’re not just thinking about Kurds but all mankind, for whom we want to create a democratic system that our leader calls democratic confederalism.
This is why we support communism, socialism and democracy.
Ocalan’s ideology has spread further than the socialism and collectivism in Russian and Islamic societies.
The mercy of Jesus Christ and Zarathustra’s love for nature is combined in the Kurdish nation.
The YPJ is a movement to protect people’s rights.
If I died and was reborn, I’d join the YPJ again, because it gives me strength, confidence, and the chance to realise my potential.
As a woman, I know I exist.

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FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) send a message of solidarity to Kurdish Resistance Fighters of the PKK.

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Truck bomb in Turkey kills 11, injures 78

A truck bomb detonated Friday near a checkpoint and police headquarters in Cizre, a town in southeastern Turkey, leaving 11 dead and 78 injured. The Kurdish Workers Party, also referred to as the PKK, took responsibility for the attack. Cizre, situated very close to the Syrian border, lies in the contentious area of Kurdistan.

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A woman, artist, revolutionary: Hozan Mizgîn

She becomes the most important representative of revolutionary art with her white scarf by trying to share the pain of women with her songs. 24 years have passed after Hozan Mizgîn whose voice resounded over the mountains. Mizgîn’s compositions have continued to be used as lullaby to Kurdish babies to sleep and they are still a scream for the freedom of young women.

Hozan Mizgîn (Gurbet Aydın) died this day 24 years ago. She was born in Batman in 1962. Shortly before the 1980 coup, she had joined the Kurdish Freedom Movement. Mizgîn had given great effort in developing and organizing the art in Europe in 1983. She had taken part in the work of the foundation of Hunerko. Then, she had turned her face to mountains. Mizgîn died in a clash erupted in the Tatvan district of Bitlis on May 11, 1992. Her songs such as ‘Lo Hevalo’ and 'Hawar Gundîno’ are still sung by many people, even if she died 24 years ago. Mizgîn followed the singer Ayşe Şan, who fought against the roles attributed to women like her. Mizgîn listened Ayşe Şan’s songs and sang them.

The PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan described Hozan Mizgîn as follows: “She was a small girl created by the PKK. She was our friend, who joined us at a young age. She was worthy of the PKK. She never reversed with the line of PKK.”

-JINHA