The slogan of the gay anarchists fighting Isis is going viral

Joe Vesey-Byrne
Wednesday 26 July 2017 14:45
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Picture:(@IRPGF/TWITTER)

On Monday an image which appeared to show guerilla fighters against Isis, using the slogan 'These F***ots Kill Fascists', was shared on social media.

The social media account for the International Revolutionary People's Guerilla Force (IRPGF) shared this image of a supposed 'subgroup' of fighters.

The figures in the image are shown holding a rainbow flag, a logo of an AK-47 on a pink background, and the banner (below)

The IRPGF is an anarchist group of fighters battling Isis. According to Newsweek and the Independent it was set up in April during the Kurdish-Arab offensive in northern Syria.

A statement on their social media, claims there is now a subgroup within the IRPGF called 'The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army'.

Responding to a comment on social media, the account stated their acronym TQILA was pronounced 'Tequila'.

The IRPGF account also shared more photos in an attempt to prove the veracity of the images.

A document published on the IRPGF time line, was also signed off with the punchy slogan.

Among other things, the statement claimed:

TQILA's members have watched in horror as fascist and extremist forces around the world have attacked the Queer community and murdered countless of our community members citing they are 'ill', 'sick' and 'unnatural'. The images of gay men being thrown off roofs and stones to death by Daesh was something we could not idly watch.

The statement also referred to Christian conservatives 'in the global north west' as attackers of the LGBTQI+ community.

We want to emphasise that queerphobia, homophobia and transphobia are not inherent to Islam or any other religion.

It ends:

Queer liberation! Death to rainbow capitalism!

Bash Shoot back! These f***ots kill fascists!

Militant horizontal self-organised collectives & communities for the revolution and queer anarchism.

At the foot is the logo of the IRPGF and the rainbow.

A spokesperson for the umbrella group TQILA Heval Rojhilat, said in a statement on Monday:

Many of our comrades are within the LGBT*QI+ community

The extent of TQILA's involvement in the fighting in Syria, and to what extent this is a formal unit, remains unclear.

HT Newsweek, the Independent

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