®
Home - Advertise - About - E-mail

 Daily Online News - Independent daily Newspaper  Add URL | Link to us

 Flights to Kurdistan

 Ekurd.net RSS Feed News Archive Today in the History  

Download

 Kurdish Music Box



IKB Travel & Tours Ltd. Youshouldtravel.com
Direct Flights from London to Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan-Iraq

 


 

Custom Search over 70,000 pages on Ekurd.net

 

 Angry Kurds erase non-Kurdish sign posts in Kirkuk

  News 
  Kurd Net does not take credit for and is not responsible for the content of news information on this page

 


Angry Kurds erase non-Kurdish sign posts in Kirkuk  23.2.2012  








The Kurds are seeking to integrate the province into the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region clamming it to be historically a Kurdish city, it lies just south border of the Kurdistan region. Kurds have a strong cultural and emotional attachment to Kirkuk, which they call "the Kurdish Jerusalem." Kurds see it as the rightful and perfect capital of an autonomous Kurdistan state. Photo: Aknews See Related Links
February 23, 2012

KIRKUK, Iraq's border with Kurdistan region, — A group of young Kurds in the multi-ethnic oil-rich Kirkuk city erased dozens of sign posts in the city that were written only in Arabic in reaction to what they call the “re-Arabization of the city”

The group gathered central Kirkuk’s Citadel Park where they started going after posts on the Kirkuk-Erbil and Kirkuk-Sulaimaniyah roads that told direction only in Arabic language.

“This action comes after the authorities failed to add Kurdish language to the posts in a 10 day period we set for them” a statement by group said. “any post that id not include Kurdish language, or there were [grammatical] errors, we erased them”

Kirkuk was subjected to Arabization policies under the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein where Kurdish families were expelled from the oil-rich province and Arabs from central Iraq were resettled there.

The group now have given the authorities another 15-day period to add Kurdish to the posts inside the city or they will erase those as well, according to the statement.

Kurdish language has been recognized in the Iraqi constitution as the official language of the country alongside Arabic.

The oil-rich province of Kirkuk is one of the most disputed areas by the regional government and the Iraqi government in Baghdad.

The Kurds are seeking to integrate the province into the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region clamming it to be historically a Kurdish city, it lies just south border of the Kurdistan autonomous region,
www.ekurd.net the population is a mix of majority Kurds and minority of Arabs, Christians and Turkmen, lies 250 km northeast of Baghdad. Kurds have a strong cultural and emotional attachment to Kirkuk, which they call "the Kurdish Jerusalem." Kurds see it as the rightful and perfect capital of an autonomous Kurdistan state.

Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution is related to the normalization of the situation in Kirkuk city and other disputed areas through having back its Kurdish inhabitants and repatriating the Arabs relocated in the city during the former regime’s time to their original provinces in central and southern Iraq.

The article also calls for conducting a census to be followed by a referendum to let the inhabitants decide whether they would like Kirkuk to be annexed to the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region or having it as an independent province.

The former regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had forced over 250,000 Kurdish residents to give up their homes to Arabs in the 1970s, to "Arabize" the city and the region's oil industry.

The last ethnic-breakdown census in Iraq was conducted in 1957, well before Saddam began his program to move Arabs to Kirkuk. That count showed 178,000 Kurds, 48,000 Turkomen, 43,000 Arabs and 10,000 Assyrian-Chaldean Christians living in the city. 

AK News part of this report by Jamshid Zangana

Copyright ©, respective author or news agency, aknews.com | ekurd.net
  


Top

  Kurd Net does not take credit for and is not responsible for the content of news information on this page

 
 

Copyright © 1998-2014 Kurd Net® . All rights reserved. Ekurd.net
All documents and images on this website are copyrighted and may not be used without the express
permission of the copyright holder.