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Solidarity actions called in support of jailed YPG volunteer Libre Flot

SOLIDARITY actions will be held in France on Monday amid growing concerns for the wellbeing of a former YPG volunteer who has been on hunger strike for more than a month. 

Libre Flot was reportedly hospitalised for the second time last week suffering from chest pains and is feared to be in poor health. 

The French national was one of seven people detained in December 2020 and has been charged with being part of a group “planning a terrorist attack.”

He insists that he is being framed because of his links with the People’s Protection Units (YPG) whom he fought alongside in northern Syria. 

According to Mr Flot he was under constant surveillance since he returned from the Middle East, even having been spied on in his bed.

The other six people detained with him have been released but Mr Flot remains behind bars and has been held in what he described as “hellish and permanent solitude.”

He has demanded to be released on judicial control pending trial. 

The reason given for his continued detention is that he has been identified as the leader of the group.  

Mr Flot claims the investigating judge referred to “the barbarians of the Islamic State as my ‘friends from Daesh’,” comparing his actions to those of jihadists that have also travelled to Syria. 

This, he said, “spits on the memory of my Kurdish, Arab, Assyrian, Turkmen, Armenian, Turkish and international friends and comrades who have fallen in the struggle against this organisation.”

Organisers of Monday’s protests demanded his freedom. 

“April 4 will be his [Mr Flot’s] 36th day of hunger strike. It is also his birthday,” a statement said.

“We call upon all comrades and every decent human being with a sense of justice to protest outside French embassies, consulates or institutes, or to find any other way to voice their objection to this blatant injustice,” it added.

Many international volunteers in the fight against Isis have faced persecution and even imprisonment on their return from Syria.

The case against Jim Matthews, the first YPG fighter to face charges in Britain, was dropped in 2018 after two and a half years.

Most recently journalist Matt Broomfield was banned from all 26 Schengen Area countries for 10 years after being detained while on holiday in Greece.

He had previously worked for the Rojava Information Centre in northern Syria. 


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