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Dozens arrested in Iran for celebrating Kurdistan referendum

By Rudaw 29/9/2017
Reported thousands of Kurds in Iran celebrated the success of their neighbour’s independence referendum. Photo: PDKI
Reported thousands of Kurds in Iran celebrated the success of their neighbour’s independence referendum. Photo: PDKI
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iran has reacted to the Kurdistan independence vote with widespread arrests of Iranian Kurds celebrating their neighbour’s historic referendum. 

Two Iranian Kurdish political parties and a human rights watchdog all reported “scores” of arrests after thousands took to the streets in Kurdish cities of Iran chanting Biji Kurdistan, long live Kurdistan, and waving Kurdistan flags to celebrate the success of the independence referendum next door. Flying the Kurdistan flag and singing the national anthem are forbidden in Iran. 

Iranian intelligence and security forces have set up a joint command center “for the purpose of identifying and arresting the organizers of the demonstrations,” the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) stated. They are reportedly analyzing video footage of the gatherings. 

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) reported that Iranian police were closely monitoring the demonstrations that attracted rare attention in the country. “Iranian state television on Tuesday acknowledged the rallies, a rarity in the Islamic Republic broadcast,” the group stated. 

It reported “dozens” of arrests.

Komala party said “at least 27 persons were detained” after taking part in celebrations for the referendum. 

Internet and phone connections are also reportedly shut down or disrupted. 

PDKI named 17 arrested, noting that their whereabouts are unknown. 

According to the KHRN, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and regular armed forces were carrying out military exercises near the Kurdistan border. 


Non kurd | 29/9/2017
So much for Kurds being loved and respected in Iran
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Stewee Guy | 29/9/2017
That is they only thing we expect from our Muslim neighbors. Arrest, blockage and oppression and they wonder why we want freedom.
Help the Ezidis | 29/9/2017
And again the barbars in Iran punished the Iranian Kurds for just a party. How long can these barbars go on with their Kurdish hated policy? Please stay silent because you Kurdish friends have not the power to change these barbaric policy.
Hate Iran | 30/9/2017
I would like to see the Iranian government to intensify it oppression of the Kurds in the Rojhalaat (Iranian-occupied part of Kurdistan). My brothers and sisters in there has not been very much active against the Iranian regime in recent years. They need a wake-up call, in the form of more and more Iranian oppression. The more oppression the better. It is the Law of Physics (or nature): For each action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So, the more the Iranian oppression against the Kurdish population, the stronger the uprising among the Kurds against the government will be. Long Live Kurdistan and the Kurds! Death to Iran and its Islamic regime!
Roy | 30/9/2017
Independence will be meaningless if blessing from neighbours leaders are not welcome. Kurds leaders need to seek diplomacy shrewd to be able to live peacefully. If your neighbours perceive Kurdistan as another Israel, thd horror of bloodshed will be coming to your doorsteps. Repent yourself, seek from Sllah the righteous path.Kurdz needs to streghened their citizen first,

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