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Kurdish businesses strike to protest Iran missile attacks

By Rudaw 12/9/2018
Video submitted to Rudaw shows businesses and markets closed in Rojhelat (Iranian Kurdistan).

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Protesting Iran's missile attacks on the two Iranian Kurdish democratic parties, people in several cities of East Kurdistan went on strikes with shopeekers not opening their bussinesses.


The public strikes included the cities of Bukan, Sanandij, Oshnavieh, Piranshahr, Marivan and Mahabad with an official saying for the first time a sad event united Kurdish parties of Iran to call on the people of East Kurdistan to take a stance against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Five Iranian Kurdish parties  issued a joint statement on Sunday condemning Tehran’s missile strike and called for a general strike in Rojhelat (Eastern Kurdistan).

"For the first time, the East Kurdistan political parties jointly called on the people of East Kurdistan and they heeded them and went on strike," Fuad Khaki, head of the PDKI public relatins departmnent in Sulaimani, told Rudaw.

Khaki added that the strike started on Wednesday and it is a public anger which will continue.

Video submitted to Rudaw shows businesses and markets closed in Rojhelat (Iranian Kurdistan). 

On the same day, Iranian Kurds gathered in front of the UN office in Erbil protesting the Iran missile attacks.

 

The first round of US sanctions against Iran took effect in August, targeting Tehran's ability to trade in the dollar. The next round of sanctions will target Iran's massive energy sector.

 

Their joint coordination center with KDP-I and PDKI in Koya was struck by seven Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) surface-to-surface missiles on Saturday killing 17 and wounding at least 46

Since 1992, due to Iranian and Turkish border bombardments, an estimated 650 villages have been emptied in Erbil and Duhok.

All major parties in the Kurdistan Region condemned the strikes, calling them a violation of territorial sovereignty.


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