Mashaal Tammo

Tammo was a Syrian Kurdish dissident who fought for a pluralistic inclusive Syria

Mashaal Tammo was a Syrian Kurdish dissident, born in 1957 in the city of Derbasiya in the countryside of Hasaka. He graduated with an agricultural engineering degree from Aleppo University.

Mashaal Tammo was politically active since the 1990s. He was a member of the Kurdish Popular Union Party for more than 20 years. In 1999 he founded, with two other activists, the Committees for the Revival of Civil Society in Syria and the Bedir Khan Cultural Forum, which brought people together to discuss political reforms, human rights and issues related to the Kurdish minority. In 2005 he founded the Kurdish Future Movement following the Qamishli massacre, which was the regime’s response to a Kurdish uprising demanding greater rights. But the movement was soon banned. He was arrested in 2008 and transferred to the Political Security Intelligence branch in Damascus and then sentenced to three years in prison.

Mashaal Tammo was imprisoned in the early days of the Syrian revolution. He was released in June 2011 and immediately joined the revolutionary movement. He received many calls from the regime to participate in regime-sponsored political dialogue but he refused and preferred to side with the Syrian people, rejecting political dialogue with the regime whilst it was engaging in committing war crimes.

Mashaal Tammo called on all components of the Syrian people to engage in the revolutionary movement to overthrow the Assad regime, and rejected sectarian and ethnic divisions.  He continued his revolutionary activities despite threats of assassination. He narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in September 2011, but unfortunately, gunmen succeeded in killing him at his home in October 2011. More than 50.000 mourners marched for his funeral procession in Qamishli.

Mashaal Tammo fought for the freedom of all Syrians, and believed in a pluralistic, inclusive Syria as shown by his speeches during the demonstrations. Watch and share this tribute video made for him:

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