[Marxism] Fwd: Anarchists in Agrabah – P U L S E

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Oct 30 18:30:50 MDT 2016

On Saturday October 29th, 2016, Leila Al Shami and Robin Yassin Kassab, 
authors of the book ‘Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War’, 
were invited by the London Anarchist Book Fair to give a talk on Syria. 
As Leila wrote yesterday night, they “had in particular wanted to focus 
on anti-authoritarian struggles, self-organization as well as issues of 
militarism, sectarianism and the rise of Islamist extremist groups.” 
Shortly before speaking, Robin told me that some people were going 
around the book fair saying that ‘a pro-Jihadi Syrian nationalist 
fascist’ was going to give a talk and that he must be prevented from 
doing so. We laughed it off.

Robin and Leila sat down and, barely having had the time to introduce 
themselves, they were interrupted. One man, later identified as Amir 
Taaki, went on stage, followed by about seven friends, one of whom was 
in full military garb, and started ranting about Robin’s alleged love 
for Jihadis, Syrian nationalism, Ahrar Al Sham and other such inanities. 
Robin left and Leila, who had tried to stay and reason with them, ended 
up leaving too.


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