Kurds want to live without human rights abuses, and with democracy
Five years ago on 12 March 2004 in Qamishli, Syria, police shot dead seven Kurds during a football match in Qamishli. This began when the supporters of the visiting Arab team waved placards with photos of Saddam Hussein at the Kurdish supporters, and chanted slogans against the Kurdish people and their political leaders. The next day as the men’s funerals were taking place, the police shot more Kurds, and were helped by Arabs from the Ba’ath Party who offered their services to the police and later looted Kurdish businesses. This led to a spontaneous uprising of Kurds, serheldan, in Qamishli, Kubani, Afrin, Aleppo and in Damascus
On 12 March every year Kurdish people and their community in exile hold demonstrations in memory of this event, and to remind the world that Kurds in Syria suffer significant daily human rights abuses.
In UK on Thursday 12 March 2009, as in previous years Kurds will be standing in front of Syrian Embassy at 8, Belgrave Square, London SW1 from 2 to 3.30pm.
You are invited to join us and to show your support.
Life for Kurds in Syria is becoming increasingly harsh. Legislation [Decree 49] was introduced in September 2008 that effectively prevents Kurds buying, selling, renting or building property. The rain has not been sufficient this year to grow the crops, the construction industry is dying and Kurds are becoming poorer. We are having to abandon our homes to find work in the cities. The Syrian government is finding ways to divide the Kurdish community, and to move us off the area that has always been their homeland, in effect – ethnic cleansing.
At the same time the President of France has opened the door to the President of Syria, the Foreign Minister has been welcomed here in UK, President Obama is making sweet noises too. These Governments may mention human rights to Syria in their discussions but nothing improves, in fact it is becoming worse. This is not enough.
Please contact us for more information:
Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria – UK Branch: