The loss of a friend, killed in the battle of Afrin.

Nieuws, gepost door: nn op 08/03/2018 03:06:05

Wanneer: 08/03/2018 - 18:25

The sad news has reached us that our Icelandic friend and comrade Haukur Hilmarsson, nom de guerre Sahin Hosseini, has fallen in the battle of the defense of the Kurdish city of Afrin. He was killed in battle against the Turkish invaders, as a commander in the International Freedom Battalion (IFB) fighting alongside the Kurdish YPG.

We’ve heard from his Battalion that he first joined in the struggle against IS about a year ago. After his first attempt trying to reach Rojava through Iraq, getting arrested and deported back to Iceland, he travelled straight back and fought in the battle for the liberation of Raqqa. He was loved and appreciated there and was given the rank of Commander. When the Turkish army invaded the northern Syrian border he went to take a stance in the defense of the Kurdish revolution.

Haukur, our hearts are full with pain and pride. You were a truly beautiful, inspiring, loving, raging, rebelling and unstoppable force. A storm which we had the fortune to have intertwined with. We got to know you through our shared love for the wild Icelandic landscape and the actions in defense of its destruction by the aluminum industry. The memories of running through the lava fields, blocking digging machines, climbing cranes and raving through the streets of Reykjavik. It feels like a lifetime ago, yet you made an unforgettable impression on us and we feel lucky to consider you as our friend. Although the years drove us apart and it was hard to keep in touch, we’ve always carried you in our hearts and minds. With smiles on our faces we watched the images of you climbing the roof of the Icelandic parliament during the mass protests, and raising the flag of a discount supermarket. A true Anarchist who stood together with your friends at the beginning of the Icelandic anarchist movement. Through all your outrageous ideas and actions, like running onto the airport to stop an airplane from deporting an “illegal” immigrant (and even managing, by chance to block the right plane and stopping the deportation), you always had the same smile on your face. A grinning devious smile that’s said “let’s get into trouble”. And it caught on to everyone.

When we saw the picture of you in camouflage clothes, with the rifle resting easily on your lap, it wasn’t that same expression on your face anymore. There was a sense of ease in your eyes. A small awkward smile towards the camera. But mostly a sense of being in the place where you could be the fullest of what was burning inside you. That face was still so very much you, and though it brought tears to our eyes it also brought pride to our hearts. We would have loved sit aside you by the fires and stand beside you on the barricades for many more years.

But lives fully lived don’t always get measured out in time. It is measured by the movement felt by the wind of desires, like a chilly breeze sliding over a field of grass. By the sudden goosebumps risen in a dark night from the afterglow of a raging and loving fire. In those moments you remind us that one can be, and should be, the sum of one’s desires and dreams. To keep standing up for that which you believe to be right. And to keep fighting. No matter where your fight lies, and where the fight will take you. 

A battle reaching though space and time. Like the poem written by a fighter in the international brigade in the Spanish Civil war against the fascists.

I will not yield
I will not fall
I will eat dynamite
And one day I will explode
like a volcano

Dear Haukur. We will miss you with all our hearts. Our thoughts are with your mother, your family, friends and everyone whose life was touched by you in your 31 years on this earth. We will carry you with us forever.

No pasaran!

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen - The Partisan

When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do
I took my gun and vanished.

I have changed my name so often
I've lost my wife and children
But I have many friends
And some of them are with me

An old woman gave us shelter
Kept us hidden in the garret
Then the soldiers came
She died without a whisper

There were three of us this morning
I'm the only one this evening
But I must go on
The frontiers are my prison

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing
Through the graves the wind is blowing
Freedom soon will come
Then we'll come from the shadows

Les Allemands étaient chez moi
Ils me dirent, "résigne toi"
Mais je n'ai pas peur
J'ai repris mon âme

J'ai changé cent fois de nom
J'ai perdu femme et enfants
Mais j'ai tant d'amis
J'ai la France entière

Un vieil homme dans un grenier
Pour la nuit nous a caché
Les Allemands l'ont pris
Il est mort sans surprise

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing
Through the graves the wind is blowing
Freedom soon will come
Then we'll come from the shadows


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