Greek Anarchists vs. the Islamic State
Greek anarchists have found a second home in the arms of Kurdish militias fighting ISIS in the Syrian part of Kurdistan. Rojava, in northern Syria, is under the control of Kurdish forces. Intermittent reports of anarchists joining the war have reached Greece over time, but a photo that emerged in the Greek press this week has solidified these claims.
The Greek soldiers chose a Kurdish name upon arrival, signalling their internationalist approach. The Kurdish struggle for a unified Kurdistan, including parts of southeast Turkey, northern Syria, north Iraq and west Iran. Parts of the land they claim are under ISIS control.
International media often call the area around Rojava “anarchist land.” Reports claim that a regime of direct democracy has been set up since Kurdish fighters gained control of the area in 2015.
The Greek anarchists founded the Revolutionary Union of International Solidarity, RUIS, under the International Revolutionary People’s Guerilla forces. “ A network of serious and dedicated anarchists hungry to advance the movement by any means necessary,” an anonymous member of IRPGF explained.