“I won’t be leaving, regardless of the Government’s draconian actions, as I consider their threats toward those in northeast Syria illegitimate and worthy of resistance,” Mr Broomfield told the Telegraph.
“Yes of course we’re very worried – less for ourselves than for what this means for northeast Syria’s status in the future and the future of international solidarity with Rojava.”
The Kurds have forged something of a proto-state under the cover of the Syrian civil war, inspired by the revolutionary socialism of Abdullah Ocalan, a Kurdish leader jailed in Turkey whose group is branded a terrorist organisation by the US.
However, their experiment in self-rule has faced threats from Turkey to the north and Syrian government forces to the west and south, as well as a more immediate threat from Isil sleeper cells hiding among them.
Some have accused the volunteers of adventurism and naivety, accusations those here dismiss.
“I’m not just here trying to get arrested, I want to be part of important revolutionary change,” said Theo Stevens, 29, who has been volunteering at the Internationalist Commune of Rojava, a civil society organisation, since arriving in the country four months ago. “Isil may have been defeated territorially, but there’s a lot more work that needs doing than fighting.