See that sweet antifa flag above? A few months ago, we were selling them to show solidarity with the Rojava revolution and raise money to support them (the green-and-yellow background being a common Kurdish revolutionary motif). But if you are in Lünenberg, Germany, flying this flag in public will get you arrested, as our friend there found out recently.
What is the crime? The Lünenberg prosecutor has apparently decided that any and all displays of support for the Rojava revolution or the Kurdish people must actually be displays of support for the banned PKK organization, and is prosecuting our friend accordingly.
This would be a laughably-absurd overreach on the part of the state at any time, but in the context of the recent mass murder of Kurds in the city of Hanau by a right-wing extremist, the chilling effect on any support for the Kurdish people or the fight to establish a society in Rojava that’s clearly more democratic than Germany itself is shameful.
We are fairly certain that the prosecutor cynically assumed our friend would take a plea deal, pay a fine, and be done with it. But our friend has refused to do so and is going on trial to fight the state’s attempt to criminalize anti-fascism and solidarity with the Kurdish people and the revolution they are fighting for in Rojava.
We weren’t about to let our friend stand alone in this fight and have sent him a contribution to help pay for the legal costs involved in the struggle. Because if the German state succeeds in banning an anti-fascist symbol synonymous with solidarity with the Kurdish people and the Rojava revolution, what will they ban next?