Clarification of a group of Kurdish speaking anarchists to the announcement of the Anarchism Era Federation

To the worldwide Anarchist comrades. With greetings.

Some time ago the Anarchism Era Website published an announcement, in which the news of the formation of the Anarchism Era Federation was revealed. According to the title and the content of that announcement, this formation is necessary to enable all individual anarchists across the globe, regardless of race and place of birth, to join the federation.

As a group of Kurdish speaking Anarchists and Libertarians from Inside Iraq and abroad, we are always pleased to hear the news of revolutionary initiatives and activities across the globe. We are also happy to hear of the existence of any anti-state, anti-capitalism actions and we do not see ourselves as separated or outside any world movements or activities that are against the authority, against hierarchy, against the capitalist system and society. However, the announcement of the so-called Anarchism Era Federation, supposed to become an International Federation, raises more questions than provide answers.

Our purpose in this clarification is not to evaluate the announcement in detail or to highlight and develop all the points of our critics and disagreements. Here, we only indicate a few important and obvious points:

No revolutionary body of the class struggle would ever announce its existence before its actual birth in practice, especially a body that grants itself with a status as big as an International Federation. Regrettably, the announcement does not mention at all the process of its founding and does not provide any concrete information about all the fractions that are supposedly integral parts within that Federation.

The only thing that can be noticed in this announcement is the existence of previous preliminary versions attempts, as allusion for the announcement. Those previous versions look like the initial intention towards the final proclamation and indicate that the decision can be the act of one or several individuals.

The announcement does not clarify, in any aspects, its position about the International of Anarchist Federations, which was established in 1968 and incorporates most world-wide anarchist federations and it is still alive, active, and growing. We think that the reason for not mentioning IFA is either related to having different positions or to differentiate themselves, either to their ignorance of IFA’s existence, or to their rejection by IFA and other Federations of International Anarchist movements.

The decision of announcing an International Federation, through a bureaucratical, sectarist and unilateral mechanism indicating the adoption of militantism and voluntarist rules. This is completely in contradiction with the grounds of the historical approach of Anarchism that is based on total acknowledgement to the practical, spontaneous emergence of real actions and active elements within the social struggle, not on the principles of ideological wills and intentions. This position is clearer when this announcement does not at all make any reference to the inhuman, anti-life and anti-nature roots of the class domination, hierarchical structure of the capitalist system. It only briefly and vaguely mentions “the overthrowing of capitalist and religious governments!”, as though, the human need for emancipation is about a political revolution, not a social and global revolution.

In the previous versions of this announcement, there is a mention of army struggle, but it is removed in the final version, without any explanation or the reasons for its omission. Furthermore, the announcement’s lack of clarification about the rejection of “pacifism” tendency, as a common practice among militantist groups and currents, which, can be used as against “violence” and as conciliator “peacemaker”, sings of advocating the extremist ideology, far from a global class understanding of the fundamental basis and needs of the emancipatory revolution of the exploited class. Consequently, we must ask the authors of the announcement: by which measures, could the anarchists who stand against Violence, be called “Pacifists”?

It is worth mentioning that in the announcement, by putting accent on the armed struggle and armed uprising method, to claim their adherence to the practice of Makhnovist insurrectionary movement. This itself is a misunderstanding of the nature of the Makhnovist movement, which was essentially a social uprising of workers and peasants through co-operative communes. It is a lack of understanding, the fact was the grounds that forced that movement was self-defence which led to armed organisation against German, Austrian, White and Red Armies and their militias. This was not due to the will of transforming of the social contests to armed actions or military militantist groups.

There is a discriminatory issue of a unilateralist, generalising, centralist, and authoritarian practice that can be noted in their decision taking approach, as matters were decided without consulting and contacting other existing Anarchist individuals and groups. The authors of the announcement, plainly, by using the term of “ anarchists in Lebanon, Chili, Spain, Iraq and Kurdistan Region”, and as the geographical words mean, show that they talk and decide in the name of all and for all the anarchists who live in those countries. Here, all the anarchists who live in the countries that are mentioned in the announcement, face an answer to the question: Do all the anarchists of the countries mentioned agree and share the same positions that are expressed by the federation and the announcement?

We leave the answer to that question to the comrades who live in those countries. Considering the “Iraq and Kurdistan Region”, after a thorough examination, we do not know the existence of any individual who has a practical and socially active role, agree with that announcement. Therefore, we as anarchists and libertarians who Kurdish speakers, either as within the Forum of Kurdish-speaking anarchists and as well as the local Sulaymaniyah/Iraq Forum of anarchists, do not fall with any centralised, hierarchical, political, and armed actions. We believe in the social and autonomous organisation of social struggle, revolution, and self- running society.

For the reasons mentioned above, we as a group of Kurdish speaking anarchists and libertarians, either in the area of “Iraq and Kurdistan Region”, either outside, do not support that announcement and we are unaware of the process of declaring and the formation of that federation. As a result, without going into details and touch on our fundamental differences with them, we consider this type of initiatives as sectarist and in conflict with what is so far known as anarchist movement from an historical basis.

libertarians dialogue ( weekly internet dialogue )

Anarchist Forum in Sulaymaniyah/Iraq

Kurdish-speaking Anarchists Forum

28th of November 2020


the link : announcement of Anarchism Era website

Interviewing a comrade from the DAF (Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet | Revolutionary Anarchist Action) / 1

Interview conducted by the KAF (Kurdish-speaking Anarchists Forum )

Please see the translation of the interview in French, Spanish and Esperanto in the attachment.
Translated by CNT-AIT France

Click to access 2020-01-12-interview-with-a-companion-from-the-daf.pdf

Translated in spanish by ( Alasbarricadas )

the Interview is regarding the state of Turkey’s invasion of Rojava, the reaction of the people in Turkey, the impact of the campaign of boycotting Turkish companies products, its markets and also the attitude of people in Turkey.

first part:

How is the situation in the cities of Turkey, especially Istanbul and Ankara during this war on Rojava? Are things carrying on as normal or are they living under the shadow of war?

There is (still) huge amount of nationalist propaganda. The war that the state in, is a beneficial tool of the government. They have changed the political structure of the state according to their wish by claiming to be in war. So, as you have mentioned everything is happening in the shadow of war. This shadow is fearful for normal people and the ones who got the political, economical and social power is using this to keep their position.

What was the reaction of people?

It is hard to say that there is a reaction. In every step of war politics, the state is banning to protest, demonstrate, criticise or even talk about the war in bad meaning. If anything appear (even a comment in social media), it is good reason for government to put people into jail. Many people have been sent to prison just criticise the war on Rojava.

In fact, the other half of the people are convinced this nationalist propaganda. The parties seemed like opposition they act together with AKP. If the issue is Kurdish issue, the liberals, kemalist even some socialist act in the same fascist line.

Are still able to go about your life as normal? If not how has your life changed?

As anarchists or libertarian people; the things are not going well. As I mentioned they have changed the structure of the state and the laws. So any law can be changed according to the wish of the “president”. The armed forces of the state act more courageously. You become open target not just by state but also civil fascists. If you write something on the issue in a newspaper, it is easy to put you in jail.

When the state starts a war, the war starts also inside the country. Big operations to revolutionary people, banning to newspapers and channels… Even while you are walking, you have been stopped by police for anykind of reeason and been taken undercostody as their wish.

Is there any resistant against the war on Rojava in form of protests or demonstration? Has people shown any solidarity to Rojava?

It is not just Rojava war, the social opposition in here cannot do anything because of “state of emergency” since 2015. So they said they finished the process of “state of emergency” but in reality it is not. Moreover, some parts of the opposition have their kemalist reflections in the “Kurdish issue”.

You may aware that there is a campaign of boycotting Turkish products, media and Tourism. We are a part of that campaign Have you noticed any effects as a result of this campaign to ordinary people in Turkey?

It is really hard to hear or be aware of such campaings. Because there is a policy of government in media, they do not allow anykind of information to be spread. But if you check the alternative media, it is the only option that you can be aware of. By the help of comrades of KAF informed us, we have been aware and tried to keep people aware about the campaign.

The economy in here is not going well for a while. Because of the economical programs, political process, malpractices of government etc. Probably these kind of campaigns have an affect on economy. But need to be analysed well.. So economy is bad for a while for everyone (of course not talking about the rich elites), that’s the only thing that everyone is sure. Even this reality is still ignored by state.

How is the situation inside the prisons? Have any comrades from your organisation or other anarchist groups been attacked, arrested by the state like it had happened in the past?

As I mentioned state of emergency in the answer before, since 2015 the conditions of the political prisoners are not going well. The situation for them is “state of emergency of state of emergency”.. The administration of the prisons have right to act according to their wish. And sometimes these wished are even against basic human rights. By the helps of a comrade who is in jail, we got the information of “inside”… They put 10-15 people to cells for 3-4 people. The conditions are agains anykind of moral or right. They even do not let political prisoners to see their lawyers which is a human right violation.

We got punishments like money or paroles luckily during this process. But we are living in such a land that anything can be good reason to be in prison.

Has the anarchist movement able to become a mass or social movement? Has it involved in the people’s daily struggles?

Anarchist movement in here has a short history. Modern anarchist movement had appeared at the end of 1980’s. Untill 2000s, the movement did not aim to socialize, more it has been seen as an intellectual effort. Today, the movement is becoming to be a social movement. You see anarchism more organised and social. From peoples liberation movement to ecology, from workers struggles to women liberation struggle there are anarchists.

In what areas the anarchist groups are active? For example: culture in general [theatre, literature, art, music] social movement, anti-militarism, children rights, education especially in bringing up the children, trade and cooperatives?

Actually, all topics we aim to have experiences. Now as a part of Revolutionary Anarchist Action; we have a 10-yeared-collective economy experience as 26A Cafe. Trying to expand the experience, we have 26A Workshop for 4 years (having presentations about anarchism to geography, archeology etc.). For 4 years we are running Young Workers Association which aims to organise young workers in different sectors. It is over 10 years, our women comrades are organising the Anarchist Women organisation to struggle the patriarchy. Again, it’s over 10 years, there is an anarchist tradition in highschools in the name of Highschool Anarchist Action. For 6 years, young comrades are organising the universities against fascists in the name of Anarchist Youth. Meydan Newspaper has 51 issue and working for the 52nd issue, it is the longest anarchist periodical publishing for this geography. Again it is over 10 years, we are in anti-militarist movement having the association of Consciensious Objection Association which is the anarchist solution to the war in Kurdistan. The organisation is calling people to be CO’s against war.

Revolutionary Anarchist Action (DAF)

Kurdish-speaking Anarchists Forum (KAF)

Flyer issued by CNT-AIT / Volante de la CNT-AIT / Flugfolio eldonita de CNT-AIT

Flyer issued by CNT-AIT / Volante de la CNT-AIT / Flugfolio eldonita de CNT-AIT

The New World is “moving along … or die”

Cédric Chouviat was one of those who get up early to earn a living in a world suffocated by unenforceable standards and where the exploitation of workers is growing behind a discourse that constantly praises the “uberization” of work.

He was a delivery man in one of these City Capitals where the bourgeoisie reigns supreme, where the dogsbody required by capitalism must only pass and not halt, where a “self-entrepreneur” can no longer find room to park his van.

The Branly avenue and the Suffren avenue belong to these beautiful places in Paris forbidden to proletariat, forbidden to Yellow Vests. In these avenues where money is sweating everywhere, workers are only tolerated. They are places in which the police are there to enforce every day the social segregation.

On January 3, in the corner of these two streets, Cédric Chouviat, as he was entitled, wanted to film the police officers who were monitoring his delivery activity.

The policemen did not like it, they imposed him a choke key and a deadly ventral tackle which fractured his larynx.

Cédric Chouviat died victim of all this social bestiality, he was the quiet father of five children and was forty-one years old.

The CNT-AIT Assembly in Toulouse, January 8, 2020


Cédric Chouviat fue uno de los que se levantaron temprano para ganarse la vida en un mundo sofocado por estándares no aplicables y donde la explotación de los trabajadores está creciendo detrás de un discurso que alaba constantemente la uberización del trabajo.

Él era un repartidor en una de estas Ciudades Capitales donde la burguesía reina suprema, donde las “pequeñas manos” del capitalismo, los explotados y precarios, solo deben pasar ; donde un “auto-emprendedor” ya no puede encontrar espacio para estacionar su camioneta.

La avenida de Branly y la avenida de Suffren pertenecen a estos hermosos lugares en París que tienen prohibido por los proletarios, prohibido pasar con chalecos amarillos, a esas avenidas que sudan dinero y donde solo se tolera a pena a los trabajadores, lugares en los que la policía está allí para imponer la segregación social perpetual.

El 3 de enero, en la esquina de estas dos calles, Cédric Chouviat, como tenía derecho, quería filmar a los agentes de policía que supervisaban su actividad de entrega.

No les gustó a los policias que impusieron una llave de estrangulamiento y una placa ventral mortal que le fracturó la laringe.

Cédric Chouviat murió víctima de toda esta bestialidad social. Era el tranquilo padre de cinco hijos y tenía cuarenta y un años.

La Asamblea CNT-AIT en Toulouse, 8 de enero de 2020

La Nova Mondo “cirkulas … aŭ mortas”

Cédric Chouviat estis unu el tiuj, kiuj ellitiĝas frue por gajni vivon en mondo sufokita de neplenumeblaj normoj kaj kie ekspluatado de laboristoj kreskas malantaŭ diskurso, kiu konstante laŭdas la uberigon de laboro.

Li estis liveranto en unu el ĉi tiuj ĉefurboj, kie la burĝaro regas supere, kie la malgrandaj manoj de kapitalismo devas nur pasi, kie “mem-entreprenisto” ne plu povas trovi ĉambron por parkumi sian kamioneton.

La avenuo Branly kaj la avenuo Suffren apartenas al ĉi tiuj belaj lokoj en Parizo, kiuj estas malpermesitaj al flavaj veŝtoj, al tiuj avenuoj, kiuj ŝvitas monon kaj kie laboristoj estas nur toleritaj, lokoj, kie la polico estas tie por devigi apartigon. ĉiutaga socia.

La 3an de januaro, en la angulo de ĉi tiuj du stratoj, Cédric Chouviat, kiel li rajtis, volis filmi la policistojn, kiuj kontrolis lian liveran agadon.

Ili ne ŝatis ĝin, ili trudis sufokan ŝlosilon kaj mortigan ventran plafonon, kiu frakasis lian laringon.

Cédric Chouviat mortis viktimo de ĉiu tiu socia besteco, li estis la trankvila patro de kvin infanoj kaj havis kvardek unu jarojn.

La Asembleo de CNT-AIT en Tuluzo, 8 januaro 2020

Police Brutally Attack to LAF (High School Anarchist Aciton)

The demonstration which was organised by the revolutionary high school organisations has been attcked brutally by police. High School Anarchist Action (LAF) is also one of the organisers of the protest. The demonstration is for protesting the university exams which is made for accepting the high school students who can pass the exam. The exam is one of the major problem in education issue.

For protesting this, every june there is demonstration about the exam. The protest has been planned to be in Kadıköy. The police has attacked to the protestors who tried to march. First attack to take the protestors have been occured brutally. The police have beated many protestors who are high school students. The violence of the police has continued during the police buses.

7 comrades from LAF, totally over 30 revolutionary has been taken into custody.

The vilonce of the police and the repression won’t keep us away from our struggle.