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Kurdish people in Iran express solidarity after referendum in Iraq

By Rudaw 26/9/2017
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Celebrating the successful holding of the Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, Kurdish people in Iran’s Kurdistan poured into the streets late on Monday night flashing victory signs and performing with the Kurdish dance known as ‘shaiy.’

A large number of people in the Kurdish cities of Sina, Mahabad, Saqiz and Mariwan celebrated the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region. 

The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) tweeted that "tens of thousands" defiantly hit the streets to show solidarity with their Kurdish brethren in Iraq.

PDKI also stated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had deployed tanks and "thousands" of forces  "to prevent independence celebrations."

In Mahabad, the site of the last short-lived Kurdish state — The Mahabad Republic — people sang Kurdistan's national anthem 'Ey Reqib.'

Dozens of revelers were arrested by the Iranian government, Rudaw was told by locals.

Iranian government forces regularly shell areas in the border areas of the Kurdistan Region where three Kurdish armed groups opposed to Iran are present. They include members PDKI (HDKA), Iran's Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK, HDK), and the Komala party. Komala is a leftist political party of Iranian Kurdistan. 

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Mohmamedzzz | 26/9/2017
Iran should be smart to cut a deal with Kurds before Turkey does.
Salam | 26/9/2017
I live in Mahabad. no one hit the streets. Your lies would't get anywhere.
zed | 27/9/2017
As a Persian Iranian I support Iraqi Kurds' independence, as I wouldn't want to be ruled under incompetent Arabs either. All Iranian peoples should work together to change the theocratic regime in Iran and unite Iraqi Kurdistan with Iran and all Iranian peoples to have a strong, united super-state. There's no point having alot of weak, tiny ethno-states here and there. Iraqi Kurdistan independence is the first step to that process. As all peoples are stronger united, all Iranian peoples should unite to form a powerful superstate to protect all our interests, whether Kurd, Baluchi, Azeri, Pashtu or Persian.
IranMan | 28/9/2017
Had no idea, actually not surprised at all based on past experience, that rudaw.net gets its "news" from a terrorists organization. It's hard to beat yellow journalism.
Persian man | 28/9/2017
I'm Persian and I understand that Kurds don't want to live with arabs.
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