The speech made on behalf of YPG International Academy:
Our struggle against fascism, fanaticism, and invasion continues with all its intensity. We are militants of Serok Apo and will do everything in our power to realize and to spread the revolution of peace inspired by his noble resistance in Imrali Island. This is such a resistance that no fascism could defeat. Rojava Revolution is the blossom of this resistance. We want to build a democratic communal life in which all human beings live in peace and prosper without systems of domination and hierarchy that are thousands years old. We believe that no community can live with dignity and flourish without liberation of woman. We believe that relations with the nature must be based on respect that we must respect our soil, our trees, our rivers, and our sky; as we must respect our fellow human beings. We know very well that such vision would make us confront enemies. As roses have their thorns, every attempt for freedom and peace must be defended. This is why YPG was born at the bosom of people of Rojava and Northern Syria. The struggle of YPG means that we want peace but we are also ready to defend the peace and freedom of peoples. We confronted terrorism of al-Nusra, al-Qaeda and others. We destroyed ISIS at the expense of thousands of our martyrs. We protected Kurdish and Arap peoples and Christian communities. This is why the fascist Turkish state attacked Afrin which our comrades defended heroically for two months. They attacked Afrin, because they were scared that the revolution of freedom and peace would spread to the North, the South, the West, and the East. Despite the invasion orchestrated by fascist Turkish state and facilitated by other regional and global super powers, Resistance of the Age still goes on. Our comrades who are still in Afrin hit them every day. And the enemy knows very well that sooner or later they will have to leave Afrin. We are bound to achieve victory because we are warriors of truth and freedom.
In our struggle, besides peoples of Northern Syria, hundreds of comrades from all around the world joined the ranks of YPG since Kobane. We are honored by martyrdom of 40 comrades from 15 different countries. Ş. Delil America is our eleventh martyr from the US. He came to Rojava the first time in the beginning of 2016. He forced his physical limits in the training academy probably unlike any other comrade. On the small but steep hills and in the narrow and deep ravines of Cizire Canton, he refused to get rest and he kept on. He needed no break. He was eager to learn about Rojava Revolution and philosophy of Serok Apo. He quickly picked basics of Kurdish. When he completed the Academy, he went to Şeddadi and fought there. After the liberation of Şeddadi, it was the turn of Manbij. He fought valiantly from the Western banks of Euphrates to narrow streets of Manbij. Ş. Firas, Ş. Ciwan, and Ş. Givara who were martyred in Manbij were all from his unit. He himself was wounded in Manbij. He was loved and respected everyone around him. He went back home after Manbij. But he never forgot his comrades and the Rojava Revolution. When revolutionary fighters of YPG got closer to Raqqa, he decided to come for the idea, for his comrades, and for the liberation of peoples. He will be remembered with his modesty, sincerity, loyalty, self-confidence and his determination. We salute him as his comrades and promise him that the idea will live on and the revolution of peace and freedom will prevail. We will protect peoples of Northern Syria and we will take Afrin back. We also salute his family and express our gratitude and admiration in the name of peoples of Northern Syria and all Kurdistan. Your son is now also the son of thousands of families of our martyrs. You are now also our family. All families of our international martyrs are also your family. We also salute our martyrs of Afrin; Ş. Helin, Ş. Kendal, Ş. Baran, Ş. Şahin and all our Afrin martyrs and renew our vow to avenge them. We salute Serok Apo, the leader of Kurdish people and all oppressed peoples of the Middle East and beyond, and promise him once more that we will fight to death to deserve being a comrade of our martyred comrades.
Long live Resistance of Age in Afrin!
Şehid namirin! Şehid namirin! Şehid namirin!
Biji Serok Apo!
YPG International Academy