Kurdish parties in Syria supporting Iranian Kurds in struggle for democracy

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A file photo showing Kurdish protesters in Mahabad, northwestern Iran. Activists

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QAMISHLI – The co-head of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim said that the Iranian Kurds have the right to rise up against the Iranian regime.

“Kurds in Iran have rights, democratic rights, and they are looking for democratic Iranian future, what we are struggling for here [in Syria],” Salih Muslim told ARA News. “And if they have opportunity over there, they will also struggle for their democratic rights and freedom.”

“They have right for an uprising against the Iranian regime, because those mullahs [Islamic clerics ruling in Iran] are coming from middle century [Middle Ages], its not accepted in the 21st century,” he said on Sunday.

Iran said it had executed 20 Kurdish Sunni militants it described as “terrorists”, accusing them of being part of the Tawhid and Jihad group, carrying out attacks between 2009 and 2011.

Also, the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) condemned the Iranian suppression against the Kurdish people and the recent wave of executions, calling on the international community to intervene and play a role in stopping the atrocities of the Islamic Republic of Iran against peaceful activists. 

Speaking to ARA News, KNC official Shamdin Nabi said: “Kurds are fighting for democracy in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran. Executing peaceful activists will only ignite the Kurdish struggle to eventually regaining their legitimate rights as a nation living on on their historical land.”  

Iranian opposition activist Tawfiq Jan Sher told ARA News that the pro-democracy movement in Iran started to spread across the country.

“Our pro-democracy movement has entered a serious phase in Iran, reaching different parts of the country. The people are outraged by the oppressive policies of the tyrannical regime,” Sher said. “The struggle will continue until all people in Iran are free, including the Kurds.”

The Democratic Society Movement in Syria (TEV-DEM), a Syrian Kurdish umbrella organization, in a statement on Saturday condemned the execution of at least 20 Iranian Kurds, and called on international organizations to take action.

“The execution of 20 Kurdish activists by the dictatorial authorities of Iran is considered a criminal offense,” TEV-DEM said. “This is part of the genocidal and denial policy carried out by the Islamic republic of Iran towards the Kurds.”

“We as the executive body of TEV-DEM condemn in strongest terms this horrific crime against Kurdish activists as well the denial policies carried out by the Iranian regime and against all democratic changes across Kurdistan region,” TEV-DEM said. “We support the heroic resistance performed by our people and all democratic parties in Iran that are struggling for their rights.” 

Clashes between Iranian Kurdish fighters and the Iranian security forces have erupted since June 2015, leading to Iran shelling civilian areas in Iraqi Kurdistan as well.

“It [increase in clashes] is mostly because Iranian Kurdish parties are seeking for a renewed foothold in regional politics while Iran’s influence is growing rapidly,” Ceng Sagnic, a researcher with the Tel Aviv-based Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, told ARA News.

Reporting by: Mir Yaqoub, Wladimir van Wilgenburg and Jan Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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