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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 with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.

Lorenzo Orsetti
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Born(1986-02-13)February 13, 1986
Florence, Italy
DiedMarch 18, 2019(2019-03-18) (aged 33)
Baghouz, Syria
Other namesOrso Dellatullo
Tekoşer Piling (nom de guerre)
OccupationChef, sommelier, internationalist volunteer fighter
Years active2017–19
Organization Syrian Democratic Forces

International Freedom Battalion


Lorenzo was a chef and sommelier by trade and worked in different restaurants in Florence.[1][2][3] He became interested in the Rojava conflict, the struggle of the Kurdish people against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and the Rojava Revolution. He met Paolo Andolina, an Italian activist and anarchist who fought against the Islamic State with YPG International.[4]

In September 2017 he traveled to Syria, where he joined the People's Protection Units (YPG). Once in Syria he struck up friendships with several Italian antifascist volunteers who were fighting there alongside the Kurds.[5] He met anarchist and communist militants from all over the world, but especially from Turkey, and was linked to the anarchist IRPGF.[citation needed]

Upon finishing his military training, Orsetti joined a military formation organised by the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist–Leninist[6] and then fought during the Battle of Afrin[7] against the Turkish Army and Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army's jihadists with other internationalists as part of TİKKO and AFFA (Anti-Fascist Forces in Afrin).[8]


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 the YPG and by Tekoşîna Anarşîst (TA, Anarchist Struggle), the anarchist group with which he had been operating in the last few months of his life.[9] [10]

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.[11]

His body returned to Florence in June 2019 and was buried in the Porte Sante cemetery.


A library in the train station of Berceto, near Parma, has been named in his honour.[12]

The municipality of Rome approved a motion to name a communal park Parco Nomentano in his honour, becoming Parco Nomentano Lorenzo Orsetti Partigiano. The ceremony took place during a festival organised in the park, announcing: “Five years ago we turned the spotlight on this area of greenery which had been abandoned: today it will be dedicated to a partisan of our era, Lorenzo 'Orso' Orsetti who fell in Syria while fighting against ISIS at the side of the Kurdish democratic forces. The struggle for freedom has neither borders nor confines, this is what Lorenzo taught us."[13]

In September 2019, the municipality of Florence approved plans to name a street in his honour. The motion was proposed by left-wing municipal councillors and opposed by the right-wing Lega Nord with the abstension of nationalist party Brothers of Italy, who disagreed with calling him a partisan and with the depiction of him as a hero.[14]

In November 2019, a bar and social space in Prato, Tuscany, joined the Arci network and renamed the bar in dedication of Orsetti, becoming the Casa del Popolo Lorenzo Orsetti. The inauguration was held on Saturday 9th November 2019 in the presence of Orsetti's family and friends.[15]

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  1. ^ "Siria. La lettera-testamento di Lorenzo, ucciso dal Daesh: «Non ho rimpianti»". Avvenire (in Italian). March 18, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Chi era Lorenzo Orsetti, l'italiano ucciso dall'Isis in Siria". la Repubblica (in Italian). March 18, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Letter from slain International Volunteer Lorenzo Orsetti". Global Rights (in Italian). March 19, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Lorenzo Orsetti, Paolo (ex combattente Ypg): "Era sempre sorridente"". (in Italian). March 19, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Mangani, Cristiana (March 19, 2019). "Lorenzo Orsetti, l'amica combattente: «La guerra fa schifo ma non si può stare a guardare»". Il Messaggero (in Italian). Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "YPG: Internationalist fighter from Italy martyred in Baghouz". ANF News. March 19, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Gilbert, Rosa (March 19, 2019). "Lorenzo Orsetti: a modern-day partisan". Morning Star. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  8. ^ "Afrin: One Year of Resistance". AMW English. January 21, 2019. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Our internationalist comrade was martyred in Baghouz". YPG. March 19, 2019. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  10. ^ Anarşîst, Tekoşîna (March 18, 2019). "Twitter". @TA_Anarsist. Archived from the original on March 20, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2019. Today our comrade Heval Tekoşer Piling fell şehid in battle in Baghouz. He was a great friend to all of us and an incredibly brave soldier. Many of us had the pleasure of fighting by his side. From Afrin to Deir Ezzor, he was always the last to leave. Şehid namirin[non-primary source needed]
  11. ^ "Il video-testamento di Lorenzo Orsetti". (in Italian). March 20, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "Library in Italy named after YPG Italian fighter Lorenzo Orsetti". ANF News. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "Un parco intitolato a Lorenzo Orsetti, partigiano". Rete Kurdistan. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  14. ^ "Lorenzo Orsetti, da Palazzo Vecchio primo sì per intitolare una strada al giovane morto in Siria". La Repubblica. La Repubblica. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "INAUGURAZIONE CIRCOLO ARCI LORENZO ORSETTI". Arci Prato. Retrieved November 11, 2019.