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Culture & Art

Kurdish security closes cinema to prevent screening about slain PKK member

By Rudaw 8/1/2019
Cinema Salim posted this image on Facebook on January 8, 2019, showing their doors barred.
Cinema Salim posted this image on Facebook on January 8, 2019, showing their doors barred.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Kurdish security forces closed Cinema Salim in downtown Sulaimani on Tuesday in a bid to prevent the screening of a movie about Sakine Cansiz, a founding Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) member who was assassinated in Paris.

“[A] force of Sulaimani’s General Asayesh without an official decree came to Cinema Salim and closed the doors of the cinema,” read a statement from the theater on Facebook.

The cinema says the closing is just ahead of a scheduled screening of ‘My Whole Life Was a Struggle’ about “comrade” Sakine Cansiz on Friday. It is about the assassination of the founding PKK member on January 9, 2013, in Paris.

The cinema claims it received a warning “the movie can’t be shown” from the Asayesh — belonging to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) — but not an official warrant from the government.

“This constraining of freedom and monopolizing the public space won’t defeat our will, and against preventing real art, we won’t remain silent,” added the cinema.

Cansiz is a founding female member of the PKK. She is from Dersim and family members were affected in the Dersim Massacre that many consider to be genocide against the Alevi Kurds in particular.

The PKK is a Kurdish party fighting for greater political, minority, and cultural rights in Turkey for nearly 4 decades. She was tortured and arrested by the Turkish police in the 1980s.

Alongside comrades Fidan Dogan and Leyla Soylemez, she was shot dead in an assassination operation largely blamed on the Turkey’s MIT intelligence agents.

This crackdown by the largest party in Sulaimani’s Asayesh began late last month in a bid to placate Turkey which has kept its airspace for flights to Sulaimani’s airport closed, claiming the PUK is abetting and supporting the PKK.

The PUK did not immediately release a statement on the events.


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Realist | 8/1/2019
It was banned in erbil as well by the way . Wonder why rudaw chose not to mention that . Oh ofcourse, rudaw is the puppet of the kdp .
Pete | 8/1/2019
So now both PUK and KDP are branches of AKP? If this is true you can forget international support for your independence ...
Unite | 8/1/2019
There is no difference between MIT and PUK. They are both instruments of the fascist regime of Turkey set up to suppress the Kurdish people. Any political party in Kurdistan carrying out such a measure against the freedom of expression in Kurdistan, they are nothing but the enemy of the Kurdish people. They will be dealt with by the nation the same way the Iraqi regime's security services was dealt with when the regime fell.
Hama | 8/1/2019
Fantastic news. Ban PKK and all traces of it all over Iraqi Kurdistan, the same way PKK ban all other Kurdish parties in Rojava. No special treatment for communistt PKK. They refuse to share power and ban all other Kurdish parties even holding HUNDREDS of Kurdish leaders in prison, yet expect to be allowed to roam with impunity in KRG? Nope it doesn't work that way. They've caused a ton of damage on KRG. Treat them as they treat us. Ban them as they ban us.
97peaches97 | 9/1/2019
PKK is terrorist
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