Today marks the ninth anniversary of the martyrdom of the activist in then Star Union (now the Kongra Star) Gule Salmo, who devoted herself to the leader’s thought, Ocalan and rose up to liberate women and rid the people of the regimes that obliterated their identity.
Salmo, a daughter of the Qatma village in the Shera district in Afrin canton, born in 1961, became acquainted with the Kurdistan Liberation Movement in the late eighties.
In 1996, she worked in the Special sommittee for organizing national events and providing logistics, and on January 15, 2005, she became active in organizing then Star Union in the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo.
In her commemoration, companion, Fatima Khalil, who got to know the militant Salmo in the seventies, said, “I will not forget Gule, who got me acquainted with the movement.”
‘The spark of the uprising’
In the early 2012 and after the People’s Assembly was founded in the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood, Gule joined became an active member in it, in addition to the great role in the Star Union, for her boldness and organization.
Coinciding with the uprising of the people in the neighborhood against the armed groups linked to authoritarian agendas, the neighborhood was targeted on the tenth of March 2012 in an attempt to kidnap a journalist, documenting their crimes. Gule rescued the journalist, but armed groups targeted her and was wounded in the shot in her head.
She lost her life three days later in the Ashrafieh neighborhood. Her body was laid to rest in her hometown in Afrin canton, in a majestic ceremony, thousands of Kurdish people participated.
The people of the neighborhood did not stand idly by, and to avenge its spirit, the people of the Sheikh Maqsoud and Ashrafieh neighborhoods drove out the armed groups of the two neighborhoods.
On her anniversary martyrdom, Fatima Khalil said, “They wanted to sow discord between the Kurds and Arabs, but the martyr Gule prevented them, she was shot dead by the armed groups affiliated with the Damascus government.”
“Her martyrdom shocked us,” she said. “I had met her two days earlier, and at the time she stressed the need to intensify work to protect the gains of the revolution, and she did not hesitate to give the precious to preserve its principles.”
‘she is immortalized.’
In commemoration of her tireless work, the street in which the militant targeted Salmo was named after her, and her pictures were hung around Sheikh Maqsoud and Al-Ashrafiya, and a battalion was formed to protect the community in the name of Salmo, which included about 60 women from different components, Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmen in 2015.
As a result of her struggle to obtain women’s rights, the Kongra Star inaugurated the Salmo Center, which includes 6 communes.
The words of the militant remain in the minds of her companions until today, and Leila Murad, one of the women who met her, says, “She always told us that work calls for us, we must be responsible to the people and the movement with our work and to preserve our language and remember our martyrs.”
And she continued: “Today, we find in the memory of her martyrdom the memory of resistance and struggle for us, mothers and women of the neighborhood. Therefore, we do not forget her struggle and we will always remember her, because she was the icon of the beginning of the revolution for the neighborhoods of Sheikh Maqsoud and Ashrafieh.”
Salmo became the first activist of the Star Union to join the convoy of martyrs in defense of the people of the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in the city of Aleppo.