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Iranian police attack pro-Mahabad protest in Sardasht

By Rudaw 10/5/2015
Sardasht protest in support of Mahabad May 9. Rudaw photo
Sardasht protest in support of Mahabad May 9. Rudaw photo
SARDASHT, Iran – Violence and unrest in the Kurdish city of Sardasht escalated Saturday when Iranian police attacked hundreds of protesters gathering to pledge support for fellow Kurds rallying against alleged injustice in Mahabad, Iran. 
 
According to local sources who spoke to Rudaw on condition of anonymity, the protesters gathered in Sarchawa Square and marched toward Salahaddin Ayubi Square.   
 
Eyewitnesses said that when security forces tried to leave the protest, violence broke out between police and protestors. Police shootings were also reported, and at least 30 people—including three women—have been arrested, local sources inside the city told Rudaw.

“Hundreds of people participated in the Sardasht protest, shouting ‘Mahabad is not alone, Sardasht is a supporter,’” a protester told Rudaw.   
 
The neighboring Iranian Kurdish region of Mahabad has been experiencing civil unrest over the death of 25-year-old Farinaz Khosrawani, who was killed by falling from the 4th floor of the Tara Hotel. Anti-government media and Kurdish protesters claim Khosrawani jumped to her death to avoid the sexual advances of an Iranian army officer who was allegedly working in cooperation with the hotel's owner. These accusations have not been confirmed by Rudaw. 
 
The Center for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran announced in a statement Sunday the Kurdish cities of Bukan, Mariwan, Saqez and Sena (Sanandaj) are the sites of large security forces deployments to prevent possible demonstrations. According to the statement, the Internet is currently cut off in Mahabad. 
 
Arrests were made after the Thursday riot, but the numbers are still unknown. It was reported Thursday a suspect had been arrested in connection with Khosrawani's death.
 
Kurds, the world’s largest stateless people with an estimated population of 40 million, have rallied across the Middle East in support of the Mahabad protests. In addition to Iran, rallies have been staged in Rojava in Syria, the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and Kurdish areas of Turkey. 

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Bow and put your arse up for the Arab! | 10/5/2015
Kurds fear of allahu snackbar is greater than their kurdish pride and honor. Keep bowing down like the slave you are 5 times a day!
Mama Risha! | 10/5/2015
And the PUK and Barzani is giving orders to the Pdki and Komala to not go in to ther own area whit ther peshmergas! Its like cutting the kurds in rojhelats back! You are all jash!
Murphy | 10/5/2015
Over 50% of Iran´s population is NOT Persian. I sense the Kurds are sparking a fire that will burn down Iran and result in Kurds and Azeri´s breaking away. The Saudi´s and Isreali´s have big bags of money and the Kurds...well...let´s just say all the Kurds need are big bags of money ;)
Nither Gods,Nor slavery,only revolts. | 10/5/2015
Break down the walls of fear and spread the flame of resistance and revolt,we live once and we die once,but to live one day in freedom worth 1000 years of living in slave conditions,rise up and break down the cages and chains of the organized religious and state authorities,our brains and our hearts with you,ordinary Iranian people (Kurds,Persians,Azaris and other nationalities) especially women who have been subjected to the Islamic slavery policies and laws,they don't need Nuclear Bombs and mini Iranian Islamic Empire but they need social freedoms and more of social freedoms,social equalities and more of social equalities.They can chain our bodies but not our hearts and souls.Hopefully the workers,students in big Iranian cities join this resistance and give this small resistance greater momentum and energy so the parasites of Iranian society will join the rats of sewers of the big cities in disguise for their own safety!. We are many they few and yes we can reclaim our own power and our dignity.Long live AZADI(FREEDOM)
Zandi | 10/5/2015
Poor attempt. 0 chance. None
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