International Freedom Battalion Commander Ceren Güneş Falls in the Struggle

Published November 5, 2019

International Freedom Battalion Commander Ceren Güneş Falls in the Struggle

Ceren Güneş, a member of the DKP, and commander in the International Freedom Battalion fell on November 3rd during a military operation against the Turkish states invasion, in the villages north of Til Tamir and south of Serekaniye.

Revolutionaries in Rojava have released statements mourning the fallen comrade.

The anarchist battalion, Tekoşîna Anarşîst, stated, “We have known Ceren as a lovely comrade, very nice person and a living proof of non-sectarianism. Thankful that our paths crossed, we will carry that in our hearts.”

DKP/Birlik said that Güneş took her part in all the battle fronts for the past four years, adding; “She joined the battle for Manbij and served as a commander in the International Freedom Battalion (IFB) in the Raqqa battle. On the Raqqa front, she commanded the fiercest battles with great courage as ISIS attacked three times to bring down the IFB headquarters.”

The statement ended with the following remarks; “She did not come to these lands to die but she never hesitated to challenge death. She came here pursuing her great dreams. She came to carry the revolutionary and militant accumulation against Turkish fascism. Death will not stop her march. The youth of Turkey will make the ideals of this brave revolutionary woman come true.”

The International Freedom Battalion said,“Ceren Güneş, real name Özge Aydın, was the military commander of DKP/Birlik and one of the coordinators of the international volunteers inside the International Freedom Battalion. She left Turkey 4 years ago to come to fight alongside the Kurdish people in Rojava in their struggle against the Islamic State.”

The statement added: “Loyal to her ideals, she kept fighting against all forms of fascism threatening Rojava and its people. Following the revolutionary path in which she believed, she had been actively fighting on the frontline since the battle of Serekaniye, although she was lightly injured a few days before her death.”

The statement continued: “No words are sufficient to describe the admiration we had for her political commitment in life and the pain we have since her death. The internationalist fighters have lost a dear friend and an extraordinary comrade. The price for victory is high, but she inspires us to continue to struggle for it.”

The statement ended: “Now more than ever, revolutionary unity and international solidarity are needed to defeat the imperialist forces who have chosen Northern Syria as a new battle/play-ground. It is our duty to honour Ceren’s legacy and to oppose with a strict revolutionary ethic those who try to impose a tyrannical order on these free lands.”