During the night of March 4th, several luxury cars were torched in the Mercedes garage in Zurich-Oerlikon. Because Mercedes is a supplier of the Turkish Armed Forces, which is attacking Rojava in a war of occupation. Companies that directly logistically and indirectly financially support this fascist war should not be surprised if their products catch fire all over the world.
**Video showing results of the action can be viewed HERE (caution- corporate news link)**
Last Autumn, Mercedes already became the target of various actions in several European countries when Turkey started its war of aggression against Serekaniye and the surrounding region in the east of Rojava. Our contribution joins this series of direct actions against Mercedes in particular. In general, one of the central axes of international solidarity with Rojava is (and remains) to take up and attack the various complicity of politics and capital here with the fascist regime there. The enemies of the revolutionary process there are sometimes the same enemies of the revolutionary process here. In this sense we see this action: its weakening here can mean our strengthening there. With this perspective, the view opens up to many other war collaborators who have to pay a similar price.
Let’s look at Rojava: After the first wave of attacks against Serekaniye in Autumn, Turkish fascism in the east of Rojava has now moved to a low-intensity type of war, which appears similar to the one in the western occupied part of Rojava in Afrin. The central aim of this war is to not be perceived as a war in the international consciousness. With daily artillery fire, the settlement of members of Islamist militias, the terror of Ankara-controlled IS cells, sabotage actions against critical infrastructure such as electricity and water supply and patrols with Russian escorts, the resistance of Rojava is to be slowly worn down and the occupation regime normalized.
The defence against this hybrid and long-term form of war consists of constantly high levels of counter-mobilisation. It goes without saying that Rojava’s social structures understand very well that war does not pause, but only changes its manifestation – after all, they experience the jihadist atrocities daily at first hand and know what needs to be defended. We here have to look for answers as to how we can continue to get involved in this phase, to keep active and play our role as part of a counter-mobilisation against these attempts to normalise the war. It is necessary to maintain the tension that at the very least makes the advance of the fascist enemy more difficult and can react quickly on the streets and elsewhere in the event of (further) military escalations, and ideally adapt to and expand this task.
Secondly, this campaign also wants to be part of a call to position ourselves more aggressively as an internationalist solidarity movement and not to let up, but to look for new methods so as not to concede an inch to the fascists. The war situation in Syria and in the Middle East as a whole is confusing and at times chaotic. Various regional and international powers fight in a small area along different axes for their zones of influence. At the same time, the preliminary skirmishes of a potential direct NATO-Russia confrontation are developing around Idlib (in addition to the catastrophic humanitarian situation). In this situation there can be no speculation or hope for this or that stalemate between the major powers. The way forward is the one that the comrades in Rojava are showing us: To consistently rely on one’s own strength and try to be one step ahead of future developments.
Long live international solidarity!
Biji Berxwedana Rojava!
Fight For Rojava
(via Barrikade, translated into English by Anarchists Worldwide)