A quiet victory: Notts cops cop out of Rojava case

Cautiously pessimistic

It’s not the kind of story that makes for big, attention-grabbing headlines, but Nottingham saw an important victory against state repression this week, as the bail conditions against Aiden Aslin were finally dropped. Aiden has spent the last 8 months under restrictive bail conditions as the cops and CPS tried to decide whether volunteering to join the Kurdish YPG in their fight against ISIS was worthy of a terrorism charge or not.

Aiden and supporters at an earlier bail date

Criminalisation of the Kurdish movement is a bad thing, not just for those who are most involved in supporting it, but also for anyone who just wants to be able to have a serious critical discussion of the subject, because it’s impossible to have a free and honest conversation about a subject where expressing an overly enthusiastic opinion could get you banged up as being a terrorist sympathiser. It’s still bullshit that Shilan Ozcelik was jailed…

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