Bristol remembers Anna Campbell.

From Brighton Antifascists’ Facebook page

Today [24th March] a small demonstration was held in Bristol in memory of Anna Campbell. Anna died fighting against ISIS and the Turkish state in Afrin last week.

Simultaneously in London people took to the streets. Today demonstrations were held all over the world in support of Afrin for world Afrin day, but the demonstration in London was dedicated to Anna’s honor and was headed by those closest to Anna.

Anna was an anarchist, antifascist, squatter, hunt sab, prison abolitionist and all round radical revolutionary who had travelled to Rojava to fight with the YPJ for the Kurdish revolution. In Bristol 200 + of Anna’s friends, family and other comrades who had not had the pleasure of meeting her marched in solidarity to honour Anna’s life. The march lasted for two hours taking the main roads and disrupting business as usual throughout the city.

Afrin has been besieged by the Turkish state for the past two months. And from today has been fully occupied by Turkish forces though resistance continues. The YPG and YPJ have been fighting ISIS in Iraqi, Syrian and Turkish Kurdistan. Yet the British state continues to arrest international fighters who return to England under terrorism laws and arming the Turkish state in its offensive against Kurdish-held areas.

We stand in solidarity with Anna’s fight and that of Kurdish revolution.

We send our deepest condolences to Anna’s friends and family.

Anna is with us!
We fight on!

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Europa’s Leith Hill oil drilling plans contain “significant errors, inconsistencies and omissions” – review

You can respond to the consultation until midnight tonight. It’s anonymous. If you can’t think of anything else to say, seriously, I’d just tell ’em to frack off.
Leith Hill Public Consultation Link:
https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/psc/rh6-6hn-europa-oil-and-gas-limited/consultation/intro

DRILL OR DROP?

leith-hill-tree-house Bury Hill Wood, the site of Europa’s oil exploration site near Leith Hill in Surrey. Photo: DrillOrDrop

An independent review has made “major criticisms” of Europa’s application for an environmental permit for oil drilling plans near Leith Hill in Surrey.

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The Fall of Afrin and the Wider Context in Syria

Market capitalism = military Keynesianism + primitive accumulation

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

By Plan C London

The fall of Afrin in Rojava in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria has been announced at the hands of Turkish forces and “Free” Syrian Army militias (some documented as allied to ISIS and Al Qaeda).

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Although the Kurdish and Democratic forces of the YPG/YPJ have announced their intention to continue the struggle against the invaders through guerrilla warfare – and let this be the Turkish state’s Vietnam and Afghanistan – it does represent a real setback for all those fighting for the principles encompassed by the DFNS, those of democratic autonomy, women’s liberation, secularism, and pluralism.

In the maelstrom of factions and international powers involved in the Syrian conflict, and changing fluid alliances, how can this be put in context?

The fall of Afrin is a tragedy born of cynical international interests for whom the interests of the actual people of Syria are irrelevant, except…

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The Nation’s Favourite Poem

Fuck ’em!

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This poem was written in 2012 just after the London Olympics, for which I had left the country. As with the similar spectacles of the Queen’s Jubilee and the European Football Cup, I was struck, on my return to London, by how the streets and public spaces which the previous year had been the site of student protests, anti-capitalism marches, the Occupy movement and nation-wide rioting, had been so demonstrably re-appropriated for the stage-managed celebrations of our nation’s manufactured athletic success. It was around this time that I read somewhere that the nation had voted for its ‘favourite poem’, and the winner, unsurprisingly, was Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’, a poem which even the least poetic subject of her Majesty would recognise from its famous opening lines: ‘If you can keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,’ the first of a series…

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“With love and determination,” Anna’s Father Dirk Campbell

Peace in Kurdistan

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“Dear friends,

You all know my dear daughter Anna.

She believed in your vision of an ideal society, based on honour of the feminine, inclusion of all ethnicities and respect for nature.

She was willing to defend that ideal with her life, as you also are.

Many hundreds of you have already given your lives defending it from those who are determined to destroy it.

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Open message to Gabrielle Gifford, motorpoint arena

Subject: The Turkish state killed our mate.
Date: 2018-03-27 11:32
From: wsol@riseup.net
To: gabrielle.gifford@livenation.co.uk, motorpointarenacardiff.sales@livenation.co.uk

Dear Gabrielle Gifford, Dear motorpointarenacardiff sales,

This is to express our outrage that the motorpoint arena continues to host the annual DPRTE festival of death.

Only last week our Comrade Anna Campbell, a stout opponent of these arms fairs was murdered by the fascist Turkish state using munitions ironically procured through just such an event. There is nothing defensive in the way they are used by these unaccountable regimes.

DPRTE has no place in Wales/Cymru with its proud Working Class traditions, exploited as it was for centuries to provide coal and steel for the British imperial killing machine.

Ask yourselves as Working Class people why you are facilitating the indiscriminate slaughter of your fellow workers, alongside school children and hospital patients. You bring shame upon your city – what would Nye Bevan say?

Have a word with yourselves, will you?

I’ve attached a copy of Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid, for your information.

Cindy Callist

for Wessex Solidarity.

Red And Black Telly: 1968 – YEAR OF REVOLUTION, 50 YEARS ON.