Iran's Kurdish regions on strike in protest to executions
Source: Radio Zamaneh
The stores and businesses of Sunni areas of
the Kurdish regions of Western Iran are closed today in protest to the recent
execution of Kurdish political prisoners in Tehran. (read
The executed prisoners
In the cities of Sanadaj, Marivan, Baneh and
Kamyaran in Kurdistan province, and Mahabad, Boukan and Oshnouyeh in Western
Azerbaijan province as well as other regions, reportedly numerous stores have
closed their doors to business in protest, and the cities have assumed a
In some cities such as Kamyaran, where the hanged teacher Farzad Kamangar was
from, students have gone on strike and the city streets are deserted.
of deserted cities in Western regions of Iran which
have gone on strike in protest to the executions:
Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heydarian, Farhad Vakili and
Shirin Alam Holi were the four Kurdish prisoners who were hanged in Tehran on
Sunday along with Mehdi Eslamian.
Opposition groups in the Kurdish regions of Iran urged people to participate in
a public strike to protest against the sudden and unannounced hangings.
Reportedly there has been widespread response to the rally and the city centres
are deserted today and police and security forces are on alert in the region.
Reportedly, on Wednesday, security forces had
summoned union officials to warn them against participation in any strikes.
Yesterday Human Rights Watch condemned the execution of five prisoners and
warned that 17 other Iranian Kurds are in imminent danger of execution in
They also reported that the remains of the four executed Kurds have not yet been
delivered to the families for burial.
Iran's opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have also spoken
out against the executions.
Mehdi Karroubi announced that the five people were executed while their charges
were not proven beyond a doubt and the very fact that the executions were
carried out without proper notification to the attorneys and families of the
detainees goes to show that "justice was scarce and the current procedures do
not coincide with legal and Islamic principles."
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