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Asayesh detained 65 Tavgari Azadi members in ‘wide attack’: party

By Rudaw 12/1/2019
Members of Tavgari Azadi speak during a press conference in Sulaimani on Saturday. Photo: Rudaw
Members of Tavgari Azadi speak during a press conference in Sulaimani on Saturday. Photo: Rudaw
SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – Tavgari Azadi accused the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of cracking down on their party in order to curry favour with Turkey. 

"They want to ban democratic movements like Tavgari Azadi for the sake of political agreements," a representative of the PKK-linked party read from a statement during a press conference on Saturday. 

In recent days, Asayesh (security forces) associated with the PUK have raided offices of Tavgari Azadi, arrested members, and banned the screening of a film about the life of an assassinated PKK founder. 

Late last year, the PUK ordered the party to close its offices in the Kurdistan Region. 

Tavgari Azadi, however, maintains it is authorized to operate because it is licensed by Baghdad. 

Next week, a delegation plans to visit the Interior Ministry to try and sort out the problem, they said. 

The party’s application for a license from the Kurdistan Regional Government has been unprocessed for years. 

This past week, Asayesh have arrested 65 Tavgari Azadi members, their representative told reporters, saying this was part of a “wide attack” on them. 

The women have been subsequently released and some were present at the press conference. 

They claimed their members had been mistreated while detained and called on the international community to intervene and end the “brutal attacks” against them. 

Two of the people detained are journalists and a Sulaimani-based media watchdog condemned the PUK’s actions, accusing the dominant party in the province of trying to “silence people.”

The crackdown on the PKK-linked organization comes as the PUK is trying to negotiate an end to a flight ban imposed by Turkey on Sulaimani airport that has caused millions of dollars in damage. Ankara imposed the ban after accusing the PUK of supporting the PKK. 


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Muraz Adzhoev | 12/1/2019
Keep it up!
Hama | 12/1/2019
These are the same people defending the arrest of HUNDREDS of KDP and other non-PKK leaders and supporters in Rojava. They are hypocrites who believe it's okay to ban all non-PKK parties in Rojava, but not okay for KRG to ban PKK. Ban them all and if they resist put them in jail or send them back to Turkey or Syria where they came from. They are guests in KRG and must respect the local laws and Kurdish authority. No surprise Baghdad grants them permission. Same Baghdad that pays PKK's sallaries in Shingal. Same Baghdad that allowed PKK to stay in Shingal while forcing peshmerga out. It's a fact that PKK are agents used by Iran and Baghdad to undermine KRG's authority. This is not how you behave as a guest. You don't enter another part of Kurdistan and collude with the enemy to undermine the local Kurdish authority. You don't declare war against our only neighbor that KRG 100% relies for autonomy from Baghdad. You don't undermine the security and stability of Iraqi Kurdistan. This is all the behavior of rude guests who think they are above everyone else and have the right to do anything they want, while denying everyone else of their rights in areas under their own control. Ban this cult. This is the best decision PUK has made for a VERY long time.
kurdo | 12/1/2019
These kurdish feminist have created a nightmare for us kurds in sweden now they want to destroy kurdish people.
True kurd | 12/1/2019
YPG and PKK does the same in Rojava and bakur. Taste your own medicine, communists.
Mehmet | 12/1/2019
Long Live asayiş

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