This 2 April 2015 video from London, England says about itself:
‘She’s an inspiration, not a criminal’
Yesterday, Shilan Ozcelik, an 18-year-old Brit of Kurdish descent, was given a pre-trial hearing at the Old Bailey in London. Her alleged crime? Leaving Britain to join the YPJ, the women’s Kurdish militia that is fighting the Islamic State [ISIS] in northern Syria. At a time when the world’s political elites continue to dither over the threat of IS[IS], Ozcelik’s courage and resolve should be celebrated, not criminalised. spiked spoke to the Kurdish protesters outside the Old Bailey, to find out more about Ozcelik’s inspiring story.
While right-wingers in Britain smear the left wing of the Labour party as ‘akin to ISIS terrorists’, the British Conservative government continues to persecute the only effective force against ISIS, the Turkish and Syrian Kurds, as ‘terrorists’ … reminding one of the time when Nelson Mandela, Senator Edward Kennedy etc. etc. were on the lists of so-called terrorists of NATO countries.
By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Woman in court for alleged PKK ties
Monday 7th September 2015
The 18-year-old from Highbury, north London, is charged with “engaging in conduct in preparation to and for giving an effect to an intention to commit acts of terrorism” under the Terrorism Act 2006.
Ms Ozcelik has been held on remand since March in Holloway Prison after she was arrested at Stansted Airport while returning from Syria on suspicion of travelling to fight against the so-called Islamic State (Isis).
She is also accused of attempting to join the Women’s Protection Units of the PKK.
Ms Ozcelik and her family claimed that she had gone to Syria to be an aid worker.
The Kurdish community in Britain criticised the charge as a “blatant example of selective and political criminalisation.”
“We know that Shilan has never committed any act of violence and poses no threat to the people of this country.
“As such, we reiterate our call for the charges against her to be dropped,” the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign said in a statement.
“We reject this labelling of the PKK (as terrorist), which we believe confuses the Kurdish people’s legitimate struggle for self-determination with terrorism and has the effect of criminalising anyone in the Kurdish community who is part of peaceful political activity.”
YESTERDAY in Parliament, Tory PM Cameron admitted that the UK conducted a secret, illegal airstrike on Syria, targeting and killing a British national. The ‘suspect’ was not tried in a court of law, simply taken out by a military drone in a criminal assasination. This action was in complete opposition to the will of Parliament which overwhelmingly voted against UK airstrikes on Syria in August 2013: here.
DAVID CAMERON revealed yesterday that the RAF carried out a secret drone strike in Syria which killed two British citizens fighting for Islamic State (Isis). The Prime Minister insisted the strike was “necessary and proportionate” to stop attacks being planned on Britain. But campaigners described it as a an “extrajudicial killing” that “violated” the will of Parliament: here.
ISIS DEFECTORS LAY OUT THEIR REASONS FOR QUITTING Disillusionment, corruption and mass killings were a few of the popular reasons for leaving the extremist group. [Nick Robins-Early, HuffPost]
A BRITISH man who fought Isis as a member of a Kurdish militia appeared in court yesterday charged with attending a terrorist training camp: here.
AN EX-SQUADDIE who risked his life fighting Isis had “extraordinary and totally unjustified” terror charges against him dropped today. James Matthews, who volunteered to fight Isis alongside Kurdish YPG forces, had been accused of attending terrorist training camps in Iraq and Syria and was due to face trial at the Old Bailey in November. But, seven months after Mr Matthews was charged, Tom Little QC announced yesterday that the prosecution had concluded there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction on “evidential grounds”: here.