“Autonomous, democratic, stateless” public order policing in Rojava

Cautiously pessimistic

According to reports on Syria Direct, over the last week or so, the Asayish, the cops who maintain order in the self-managed cantons of Rojava, have launched a wave of arrests against people associated with the Kurdish National Council, which is linked to Masoud Barzani’s administration in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Several people have been arrested for holding demonstrations without a permit, and the co-president of Jazira canton’s Internal Affairs Entity, in classic neoliberal reasonablespeak, said that “any gathering or demonstration in any city must be licensed” and that “the appropriate legal measures will be taken” against anyone not abiding by that law.

I share this information in the hope of prompting some discussion among the wider radical left circles who’ve been paying attention to developments in Rojava, and particularly among  those of us who are more or less supportive of the social experiment going on there.

Obviously, the PYD is still…

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