Support for London’s striking train conductors has gone global after a bizarre band of British and Irish boys who went out to Syria to fight ISIS ended up fighting Southern Rail instead.
The crew, which calls itself the “Bob Crow Brigade” after the late union boss, has released a video protesting against the beleaguered rail company from the war-torn Middle Eastern country.
In the film, four masked men – dressed in camouflage – can be seen standing on top of a building in Syria next to a satellite dish emblazoned with the communist hammer-and-sickle logo.
In response to the question “How does RMT union strike action make us feel?”, they hold what appears to be a joyful Irish jig.
— Bob Crow Brigade (@bobcrowbrigade) October 3, 2016
And in a photo, the men – who are all believed to be from Britain or Ireland – lean over a damaged wall waving large rifles in the air.
Daubed on the bricks below them is a defiant message: “Victory to the guards! Victory to the RMT!”
In a reference to ISIS, which is believed to have killed over 33,000 people since 2002, the Brigade’s message to the Southern strikers goes on to say: “From one struggle against injustice to the struggle against another.”
— Bob Crow Brigade (@bobcrowbrigade) October 11, 2016
Southern is infamous for its dismal track record of delays and cancellations, and is currently embroiled in a dispute with the RMT union over safety and the role of conductors.
The Bob Crow Brigade has nearly 3,000 followers on Twitter, and is part of a larger network called the International Freedom Battalion.
(Pic and video: Bob Crow Brigade Twitter account)