You don't often get a revolutionary funeral in London these days. Not sure you ever did. But there was one today. I stumbled across it when is passed by my front door - a cortege of a couple of thousand at least on its way to Highgate Cemetery.
The mourners told me the funeral was for a member of the YPG, a mainly Kurdish left-wing militia fighting in Syria against ISIS. It seems to have been the cortege of Mehmet Aksoy, a British-Kurdish film-maker and activist who was killed in Raqqa a few weeks ago.
It was an impressively well organised and drilled procession - many bore flags demanding the release from a Turkish jail of Abdullah Ocalan, a founder of the militant Kurdish group, the PKK.
There is something quite remarkable, noble perhaps, in the actions of Kurdish groups fighting in Syria and in the feminism and radicalism that underpins their activism. I suspect they will not get the reward they want most - their own Kurdish nation state.
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