Article by the Kurdish-speaking Anarchist Forum on the current uprising in Iran, warning against ethnic and religious fragmentation.
The uprising of the oppressed in Iran is one uprising, dividing it into ethnic groups is a counter-revolutionary action.
In order to prevent the uprising of the oppressed in Iran to turn into a religious and ethnic militia war, like the uprising of the oppressed in Syria (2012), we must draw lessons from the history and the experience of the past class conflicts.
Now that ten years have passed since the resurgence of the Oppressed in Syria, history has proved that turning the mass and the social uprising into a militia warfare and into a political circus for political parties, will create the conditions for the reinforcement of the counter-revolution. It will turn the uprising into a political game for various super power’s intelligence agencies and multinational companies to create a bloodbath through militia warfare with the support of regional stooge states.
Unfortunately, the counter-revolution has managed to turn the uprisings of the oppressed from Tunisia to Syria and Yemen, into tools to implement the plans of the super powers and the multinational companies. The living example of this reality is the internal conflicts in Syria and in Yemen that have created a market for gun trades.
Although Iran is made up of a number of different ethnic and religious regions, the previous demonstrations and protests were somehow divided among these political and cultural entities, but this time, unlike before, but like the 1979 uprising, the oppressed of Iran rose as one body . This is the most positive and encouraging turning point of the re-emergence of the struggle of the Iranian oppressed. It is a sign of learning lessons from the past struggles and the rising of self-consciousness of the Iranian oppressed.
But despite all the joy at this level of self-consciousness of the oppressed, we must not forget for a second the danger of the counter-revolutionary maneuvers (from the government to the monarchists, nationalists and Sunni Salafis). If we look closely at the reactions and attitudes inside and outside Iran, unfortunately, there are counter-revolutionary movements here and there, although they are preliminary, but everything goes with a beginning. Turning the uprising in Syria into a bloodbath through ten years of militia wars began with a single shot and a banal incident, which was a shooting during a peaceful demonstration after Friday prayers.
In recent weeks, monarchists outside Iran under the state’s banner have constantly tried to change the nature of the protests, while at home the government has attacked armed opposition bases outside Iran (in the Kurdistan Region / Iraq) and pursued two levels of repression in Balochistan and Kurdistan rather harshly in comparison to the Persian speaking regions to create confusions, suspicions and divisions among the protesters. The state has tried also to drag Kurdish armed party militias to an armed response and to create suspicion and division between the uprisings in Balochistan, Kurdistan, Azerbaijan and Khuzestan with the Persian-speaking center. Of course, along with the Iranian government’s efforts, the governments of Pakistan, Turkey and the Gulf have in the past decades hands in flaring religious and ethnic discrimination in those regions and are now trying to provoke divisions . More effective and worse than all these are two phenomena that have emerged in recent days: First, gun fires and arming the uprising, especially in the regions outside the center. Second, ethnicization of demonstrations of solidarity outside Iran, especially in Europe, which are only in solidarity with the uprising of one region, which is the beginning of fragmenting the uprising and creating divisions by encouraging nationalism and religious Salafism.
We oppose and condemn those attempts and try to prevent any counter-revolutionary attempts, opinions and statements. According to our experience of the history of uprisings, especially the 1979 uprising of the oppressed in Iran and the 1991 uprising of the oppressed in Iraq, we present our views, suggestions and support to our friends and comrades in all regions of Iran. Our only goal is to prevent the efforts of those groups and parties that are trying to turn this united uprising of Iran’s oppressed into fragmented nationalistic and into a militia warfare.
Fortunately, as far as we know, the activities inside Iranian cities and regions, the level of consciousness of the insurgents is at the level of their revolutionary historical responsibility and the risks of divisions have been less dominant so far. However, we (as supporters of our fellow insurgents in Iran) must not sit back and ignore the movements and efforts of the authoritarian movements and militia (from nationalists, Salafis, Shakhaists to the leftists) to control and mislead all protests or uprisings. Anti–revolution has always been able to overcome and defeat the waves of social revolution by taking advantage of the optimism of the unconscious oppressed through the authoritarian movements, parties and armed groups.
In the face of these counter-revolutionary efforts , the support of freedom fighters and anti-authoritarian movements at a global level and in all regions of the world for the uprising of the oppressed in Iran can strengthen the balance of powers to the benefit of the revolutionary pole against the capitalists, who are already preparing their scenario to control the Iranian society after the fall of the current government.
No to the state and government, no to militia, no to partisanship, no to nationalism, no to Salafism.
Yes to global solidarity, yes to social uprising, yes to local social autogestion of all Iranian regions, yes to non-state federalism.
Kurdish-speaking Anarchist forum
14th October 2022