August 28, 2010
Kurdishmedia lately posted an
announcement by a group calling
themselves “Chatri Azadi” or “The Freedom Umbrella”,
urging Kurdish masses to take part in a voluntary
protest rally in front of the Iraqi Embassy in
London, apparently demanding the litigation of those
involved during the PUK-KDP conflict of 1996.
The group claims the event is not espoused by any
political party. It demands for a probe to be
launched and financial compensation to be sought for
the victims of the tragedy.
Despite the false assertions by the group, the
disposition of the event itself establishes the fact
that it is politically motivated. It specifically
targets PUK and KDP, the two major involving
parties, with both sides deeply having regretted the
The public would much appreciate it if “Chatri Azadi
“had resorted to similar sincere tactics when the
perpetrators of “Anfal, Halabja, and 8,000 Barzanis
“were being prosecuted in Baghdad. Most of those
criminals Baathists fled to neighboring states and
are still at large,www.ekurd.netas
well. Some of them have been reinstated and some
hold even higher-status positions in the current
Iraqi government than the era of Saddam. Meanwhile,
Iraq and Iran, the two major funders and instigators
of the conflict, apparently deserve compliments.
These sorts of conspiracies only undermine our
struggle at such a critical juncture. They do not
serve the interests of the common Kurdish populace
and only reveal the scope of unfortunate spite and
animosity growing in our community, inflamed by
Kurdish political parties against one another. It
bears devastating domino effects on our national
unity and encourages further discord and anarchy in
While the group reserves the right to express its
views, hopefully, some of these collective public
demonstrations will also be orchestrated to seek
reimbursement for the victims of Iran-Turkey aerial
strikes in south Kurdistan.
Unless we hold an independent government and state
of our own, we will not be able to refer back to our
precedent history, rectify our blunders, delve in to
those lessons, and apply them in future.
Since 2003, have we been marking the anniversary of
the liberation of some parts of South Kurdistan?
Baqi Barzani is a
Kurdish citizen of Sought Kurdistan [Iraq]. He
advocates the notion of " establishing an
independent Kurdish state". He contributes to
various Kurdish media outlets, especially ekurd.net.
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