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The emancipatory economic model which serves as the economic pillar in the Kurdish Popular Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s proposal around Democracy Autonomy and which aims at building a democratic, ecologically balanced society with egalitarian gender relations is coming to life every day in Rojava, according to an article in Özgür Gündem.
The Şehîd (‘Martyr’) Fadil Commune founded in the Cindirêsê district of the Efrîn Canton has replaced the logic of the capitalist market with that of a people’s market. The district market carries the distinction of being the first such market in the region and can meet the needs of residents in the region every Thursday. The market, which offers its service to the people on very low profit margins, reinvests of its income to the benefit of the local people. The market supplies such basic goods as fruits and vegetables, clothing and other textiles, as well as a myriad of other daily supplies. Speaking on the subject of expansion Ehmed Şea, a member of the Economic Committee of the Şehîd Fadil Commune, explained that “founded with the support of the district market’s service committee we occupy an area of 2,500 M2. As of now we have used 500 m2 for the people’s market. Because the central market was located for from our local population we decided to build a district market in our neighborhood. We want to develop further based on economic activities suitable to a communal model.”