Mesopotamia Cultural Centre calls for participation in the funerals of Paris martyrs

Mîr Perwer and Abdurrahman Kızıl will be laid to rest in Northern Kurdistan (South-Eastern Turkey) and Evîn Goyî in Southern Kurdistan (Northern Iraq).

The funeral service for Evîn Goyî, Mîr Perwer and Abdurrahman Kızıl took place in the Paris suburb of Villiers-le-Bel on Tuesday. Evîn Goyî, whose real name was Emine Kara and who was an executive council member of the KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union), was shot dead on 23 December along with Kurdish musician Mîr Perwer (Mehmet Şirin Aydın) and long-time activist Abdurrahman Kızıl in the attack on the Ahmet Kaya Cultural Centre in Paris. 

Mîr Perwer and Abdurrahman Kızıl are to be buried on Friday in their hometowns in Northern Kurdistan. The body is to be taken in a convoy to Ewran (tr. Yeşilova). A large funeral service is planned in front of the family's house before burial at the local cemetery.

The body of Kurdish musician Mîr Perwer will be transferred to Muş on Thursday and picked up at the airport of the city by family members and a delegation. From there, it will continue to the village of Qeregûnî in Kağızman district, where the funeral will take place.

The funeral of Kurdish revolutionary Evîn Goyî is to take place in the Maxmur refugee camp in southern Kurdistan, where her family lives.

The Mesopotamia Cultural Centre (MKM) called for strong participation in the funeral ceremonies for the three martyrs.  

In a statement on Wednesday, the MKM said: “Mîr Perwer was an artist who was forced to move to Europe because his culture was under attack. Despite all obstacles, Mir Perwer insisted on the Kurdish culture, and consequently became a target of a massacre plan. As MKM employees, we gratefully commemorate those who fell as martyrs for a free life in the person of Mîr Perwer. Despite all attacks, oppression, bans and massacres, we will continue to sing our revolutionary songs. No attack will silence our voice. We call on all our people to attend the funerals.”