[Marxism] Leila Al Shami shouted down at Anarchist Bookfair by PKK supporters

A.R. G amithrgupta at gmail.com
Sat Oct 29 20:23:50 MDT 2016


Can I ask, what's this argument about the Kurdish fighters? Are they saying
that anti-regime advocacy is somehow anti-Kurdish? What's the argument
there?

- Amith

On Sat, Oct 29, 2016 at 6:34 PM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> Today I was invited to speak at the London Anarchist Bookfair, an event I
> was excited to attend, to talk about the situation in Syria. Unfortunately
> the event did not take place.  We were shut down by a guy called Amir Taaki
> (a British-Iranian who claims to be a developer of Bitcoin and someone who
> apparently Forbes magazine considered ‘their top 30 under 30 list for 2014’
> as he had previously proudly told me by email) along with around seven of
> his friends (one dressed in full military garb, a real revolutionary maybe?)
>
> Firstly, I would like to apologize to those who attended the event and had
> wanted to learn about the situation in Syria, an issue of critical
> importance. Some had come from as far afield as Birmingham to hear myself
> and Robin Yassin Kassab speak. Unfortunately as we were about to begin,
> Amir and his friends stormed the event chanting “PKK”, “YPG” and accusing
> myself and Robin of being “fascists”, “Arab nationalists” and “supporters
> of jihadi groups such as Ahrar Al Sham which advocate stoning women to
> death”. I will not respond to the claims as anyone who is familiar with
> mine or Robin’s work will know they are absurd. And for those not familiar,
> I refer you to our book ‘Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War’
> (Pluto Press); make up your own minds.
>
> full: https://leilashami.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/london-anarchist
> -bookfair/
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