Internationalist martyrs of Rojava commemorated in Berlin

In Berlin the internationalists who died in Rojava were commemorated.

The Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK) Berlin organized a commemoration ceremony for the internationalists who died in Kurdistan. Symbolically for the many other martyrs the internationalists Ceren Güneş (Özge Aydın), Kerem Pehlivan (Demhat Günebakan), Michael Panser (Bager Nûjiyan who fell in South Kurdistan), Göze Altunöz (Aynur Ada) and Yasin Aydin (Imran Firtina) who were martyred in the defence of Rojava and South Kurdistan by attacks of the Turkish state were remembered.

After a minute's silence, the co-chair of HDK-Berlin, Seher Yeter, said: "Their memory must live in our struggles. They are immortal and we must now, in order to do them justice, we must carry on the struggle.”

Politician Nabi Kirman said: "They have fallen to defend our country, our rights. I knew many of the martyrs well. I went to Rojava and met them. I witnessed their determination, which I saw in their eyes."

Kirman told that he had many memories with the martyrs in Rojava, especially with Göze Altunöz. "She was recently trying to give an interview to the Greek press. I think she fell before the interview was finished. She had taken part in the Manbij operation and treated many friends. She told me herself: 'When we went into destroyed houses, it felt like they were my own. I wanted to pick up the broken windows, remove the dust. It was very difficult for me.' She had no other goal than to fight for the people," Kirman said.

Baki Nedim spoke on behalf of the Federation of Turkish Workers' Associations in Germany (ATIF): "When we look at our fallen friends, they are about the same age. They organized themselves in the most beautiful time of youth and became part of the revolution. Kerem Pehlivan was a commander of the Freedom Battalion. He had also participated in the Afrin resistance. The last time we spoke, he said, 'Maybe we'll fall, they can kill us, but I'm proud that I've become a part of this revolution.'"

Afterwards, the participants of the event discussed, among other things, the question of what internationalist solidarity with Rojava means.