Lorenzo Orsetti (February 13, 1986 – March 18, 2019), also known as Orso and Tekoşer Piling, was an Italian anarcho-communist and antifascist from Florence who fought against ISIL with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.
Lorenzo was a chef by trade, sommelier and worked in different restaurants in Florence. When he lived in Florence, he became interested in the Kurdish conflict, his struggle against the Islamic State and the Rojava revolution, it was there when he met Paolo Andolina, an Italian activist and anarchist who fought against ISIS alongside YPG International. In September 2017 he traveled to Syria where received military training from the People's Protection Units (YPG). Once in Syria he struck up friendship with several Italian antifascist volunteers who were fighting there alongside Kurds.
He met several anarchist and communist militants from all over the world, but especially from Turkey, and was linked to the anarchist battalion IRPGF.
Upon finishing his military training at the YPG International Academy, he joined to the ranks of turkish TKP/ML TIKKO and then fought at the battle of Afrin against the Turkish Army and Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army's jihadists being part of the anarchist battalion Tekoşîna Anarşîst (TA, Anarchist Struggle).
Lorenzo was killed in action on Monday morning March 18, 2019 in the village of Baghouz, Syria. He was in that locality fighting in the Battle of Baghuz Fawqani against the last bastion of the Islamic State in Syria. He was attached to an Arab unit when he and his comrades were killed by ISIS jihadists in an ambush, his death was announced by ISIS media. His death was confirmed by his unit Tekoşîna Anarşîst.
When announcing his death, his comrades shared his last will in which Lorenzo explained why he had decided to travel to Syria and his ideological motives.
A library in the train station of Berceto, near Parma, has been named in his honour.Read more : rsetti" target="_blank">https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Lorenzrsetti
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