Giant graffiti in Athens, Greece dedicated to Lorenzo Orsetti, the anarchist fighter that gave his life fighting ISIS. On Sunday May 5, 2019, Lorenzo Orsetti, the anarchist internationalist fighter that gave his life fighting the darkness of ISIS (aka. Islamic State, Daesh, IS) in Syria left the land of Rojava with military honors to be laid to rest in Italy.
Originally published by Perseus999.
The ceremony was held in Derik and consisted of a larger ceremony and a convoy funeral procession. Tekoşina Anarşîst were joined by many revolutionary organizations who paid homage to the fallen anarchist fighter.
Lorenzo Orsetti (February 13, 1986 – March 18, 2019), also known as Orso, Şehid Tekoser and Tekoşer Piling, was an Italian anarchist and antifascist from Florence who fought alongside the forces of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.
Lorenzo Orsetti bravely fought in the ranks of TIKKO and Anti-Fascist Forces in Afrin, Syria. He survived the savage onslaught from the turkish invading forces. As an anarchist he later joined the ranks of Tekoşîna Anarşîst, the autonomous anarchist battalion in Rojava. With the anarchist unit he made several tours to the front in Deir Ez Zor and fought the final battles against ISIS.
Lorenzo was killed in action on the Monday morning of March 18, 2019 in the village of Baghouz, Syria. He was in that locality fighting in the Battle of Baghuz Fawqani against the last bastion of the Islamic State in Syria. He was attached to an Arab unit when he and his comrades were killed by ISIS jihadists in an ambush, his death was announced by ISIS media and was confirmed by his unit of Tekoşîna Anarşîst.
When his comrades announced his death they shared his last will in which Lorenzo explained why he had decided to travel to Syria driven by his political beliefs.
This was the letter he wrote in the case of his death:
“If you are reading this message then it means that I am no longer of this world. Don’t be too sad, though, I’m OK with it; I don’t have any regrets and I died doing what I thought was right, defending the weak and staying true to my ideals of justice, equality and liberty.
So in spite of my premature departure, my life has been a success, and I’m almost certain that I went with a smile on my face. I couldn’t have asked for more.
I wish all of you all the best in the world and I hope that one day, you too will decide to give your life for others (if you haven’t already) because that is the only way to change the world.
Only by combatting the individualism and egoism in each of us can we make a difference. These are difficult times, I know, but don’t give in to despair, don’t ever abandon hope, never! Not even for a second.
Even when all seems lost, when the evils that plague the earth and humanity seem insurmountable, you must find strength, you must inspire strength in your comrades.
It is in the darkest moments that we have greatest need of your light.
And remember always that “every storm begins with a single raindrop.” You must be that raindrop.
I love you all, I hope you will learn from these words.
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