On the night of November 5th, the windows of a LaCaixa bank branch in the Horta neighborhood of Barcelona were smashed in solidarity with the struggle of the Kurdish people in Iran, Iraq and especially in Rojava and Bakur (within Turkish territory), and against the brutal repression that the HDP and other pro-Kurdish organizations are suffering, such as those who face the terror of Daesh and Turkish fascism.
In the Turkish state during the first week of November we have seen barbaric images of Turkish soldiers murdering in cold blood two guerrillas from the Kurdish women’s self-defense militia YJA-Star. We have also seen the arrest of 12 HDP deputies, including Figen Yüksekdağ and the co-president Selahattin Demirtas, with all of them being accused of terrorism.
Erdogan’s fascist drift and his repression of pro-Kurdish movements in Turkey and for some months in Syria, blatantly supporting Daesh, seems to have no end despite the fact that citizens around the world are mobilizing against these policies of extermination against the Kurdish people.
Anarchist and libertarian collectives and individuals from all over Europe have acted in various ways against Erdogan and his genocidal state, however in the Spanish state the libertarian movement has yet to take a dynamic part in this struggle. The Social Revolution in Rojava, and its defense against the aggression of ISIS and the Turkish state is still an example of the implementation of such fundamental issues as the empowerment of women and their role in the management of society as well as the struggle for multiple ways of truly democratic administration of the territory.
This opinion is not a call to action, nor is it intended to insult anarchists who have so far not shown active solidarity with the Kurdish people’s struggle. Instead, it aims to contribute towards criticism and analysis of what position to take regarding a struggle that so far has been effective against the cruel reality faced by thousands of people in Syria and Turkey who are under the yoke of the fascism of the 21st century.
And why attack a LaCaixa branch? In addition to banks being one of the pillars of capitalism, LaCaixa together with BBVA, Banco Popular and Santander are an essential part of international relations between the Spanish state (recall that it signed with pleasure the European agreement with Turkey regarding the refugee ‘crisis’ condemning them to a life of misery) and the Turkish state, as well as the growing consolidation of capitalist policies in economic, real estate and military matters. As recently as 2014, the Spanish state earned 243.673 million Euros from arms sales to Turkey. LaCaixa continues to fund companies like Maxam, an arms manufacturer that exports to Syria, interestingly through its Turkish subsidiary, and is suspected of providing weapons to Turkish-backed FSA groups. And since Turkey is financing Daesh it would not be surprising if some of the finances provided by LaCaixa ends up in the hands of the Islamic State.
We cannot remain impassive in the face of the genocide committed by Erdogan and his fascist state against the Kurdish people.
Let’s attack those who are financing and profiteering from this genocide.
If Turkey is guilty of the deaths of thousands of Kurdish civilians and guerrillas, so are all the states such as Spain and all the companies that deal with them.
Biji berxwedana Rojava!
(via Contra Info, translated by Insurrection News)