++ 6000 People took part in funeral march and the funeral in Duisburg +++ Family members thank for support ++ Commemorial with the Co-president of HDP Figen Yüksekdag and the Co-President of PYD Salih Muslim ++ Federal Prosecutor’s office in a dead end street
Today 6000 People said farewell to Ivana Hoffmann in Duisburg. The 19 year old German comunist with african roots, fell on the 7th of March in Til Temir in a battle with gangs of the ‚Islamic State‘. She is the first German fighter in the ranks of the International Brigades in the Kurdish territories of Northern Syria that lost her life preventing more intents of the IS terrorists to massacre minorities like the cristian-rooted Assirians.
The family and relatives didn’t speak with the media on Saturday. However, especially Ivana’s mother were very impressed of the deep solidarity she has been receiving during the last days when she went to Kurdistan to bring back the body of her daughter to Duisburg. In Kurdistan she mentioned, that already before she had been aware, how bad the Turkish regime is, but now she know for what kind of humanity her daughter died. “I’m proud of my daughter and her decision. She died as a freedom fighter.” Therefore the family welcome, that the political friends of Ivana organize parts of the funeral in order to fulfill Ivanas to be burried in a political ceremony.
Besides other political statements of different communist parties from Germany (Marxist-Leninist Party Germany, MLPD; Communist Construction, KA), Spain (Party Marxist-Leninist, PML(RC), and Turkey (Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP-KKÖ and KGÖ) – Women and Youth Organisation; Turkey Communist Party – Marxist-Leninist (TKP-ML) top representatives of the Kurdish movement hold the main speeches at the cermony.
HDP was found in 2012 as a left wing party which includes kurdish BDP, socialist mass party ESP and more organisations and parties of the Turkish radical left as well as people from all oppressed classes and different sectors of society. The General Chairman of HDP, Mrs. Figen Yüksekdag, emphasized in her speech:
„In Rojava we fight for humanity. Kobane is the spark, which will inflame the fire of world revolution, and it is spreading. Ivana Hoffmann was a beacon of the people. This fire has to burn even lighter.”
The Chairman of PYD, the most important Kurdish party in northern Syrian (in Kurdish called Rojava), Mister Salih Muslim, mentioned the importance of international solidarity for the self defence units and women self defence units (YPG and YPJ), which are fighting in Syrian civil war with the back at the wall:
„I greet comrade Ivana, a valuable comrade of Kurdistan. Today we bury our comrade Ivana. That’s why we are in deep sorrow. All of us are comrades of Ivana. The fallen show that the struggle in Kobane and Rojava is of international character.“
On Friday German prosecution in Duisburg temporarily confiscated the body of Ivana Hoffmann connected to a investigation against her IS murderes. A police officer told family members during the operation: „Normally, it’s a criminal act, what your daughter has done. However, at least she fought on the right side.“
Günes Bulut, represantitive of Ivana Hoffmann Solidarity Comittee, commented: „Of course the antifascist struggle, which is realized in Western Kurdistan (Northern Syria) already with weapons like the anti-tank missle Milan delivered by the German Federal Government, is not a crime. Many volunteers will follow the gloriouss example of Ivana Hoffmann. Therefore a clarification concerning the planned changes of § 89 (heavy criminal acts against state) is necessary altering the law in a way it can only be applied against dshihadist terrorists and not for antifascist fighters.“
The former minster for internal affairs (Innenenminister), Gerhrad Baum (Liberal Party FDP) noted the difference between the good and bad side in an interview with German broadcast agency Deutschlandfunk: „There are also senseful travellers. There are people, which travel into the region in order to join the freedom fighters of the Kurdish side.“
Apparently, such political ideas can’t be expected from the German prosecutors (Bundesanwaltschaft). The solidarity comittee called it a scandal, that according to the influential German political magazine Spiegel Online on 13.03.2015
(see http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/ivana-hoffmann-staatsanwaltschaft-duisburg-ermittelt-a-1023393.html) the public prosecutors consider a possible charge against members of Turkish-Kurdish communist party MLKP, of which Ivana Hoffmann was a member, for membership or support of a foreign terroist organisation (§ 129b).