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 Thousands rally against border bombardments in Iraqi Kurdistan capital

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Thousands rally against border bombardments in Iraqi Kurdistan capital  7.9.2011    





September 7, 2011

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Thousands of citizens took into streets in the Iraqi Kurdistan region capital, Erbil, to protest against the Iranian and Turkish bombardments of Kurdistan borders.

The protesters in the campaign dubbed ‘Public for Home’ are chanting anti-bombardment slogans and marching from Sami Abdul-Rahman Park to the office of the United Nations in Ainkawa, Erbil.

This is not the first protest rally to the neighbors’ incursions against the villages at the base of Qandil Mountain range.

Since mid July the neighbors are shelling and bombing the ragged mountainous area where the rebels of PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) and its ally PJAK (Party of Free Life foe Kurdistan) are operating.

The attacks have so far cost the lives of 12 Kurdish villagers and rendered thousands homeless. Thousands acres of agricultural field have been burnet in the cross-fire.

The continuous attacks since 2006 have evacuated tens of villages on border with Iran and Turkey.

Hemn Farid, an organizer for the protest campaign today, told AKnews people from different walks of life,
www.ekurd.networkmen, employees, MPs, politicians and civil society organizations are in the rally.

‘We will continue the protest if Iran and Turkey keep on bombing the borders of Kurdistan,’ he added.             

Thousands of citizens took into streets in the Iraqi Kurdistan region capital, Erbil, to protest against the Iranian and Turkish bombardments of Kurdistan borders. Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Niyaz Abdullah, another protester, said the activists will submit a protest letter to the UN as a measure to press both neighbors stop their incursions.

The previous protest demonstrations and messages submitted to the UN and the Iranian consulates in Kurdistan as well as the visit of Kurdistan officials to Tehran seem to be of no tangible consequences to end the shelling.

Top officials from both Turkey and Iran have vowed the trans-border operations will continue until the rebels are ‘rendered ineffective.’

‘Our participation in the demonstration is for the sake of our soil and home. We voice our protest against the bombardments in any way possible,’ Wrya Jalal another demonstrator said.

PKK and PJAK both labeled ‘terrorist’ organizations by Turkey, Iran and the U.S. among other countries, are campaigning for greater ethnic rights for Kurds in Iran and Turkey.

The president of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani has said critically of the rebels that they ‘disregard the situation of Kurdistan and provide the neighbors with excuse to shell Kurdistan.’

By Fryad Mohammed
 

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