Kurdish groups in Amed express solidarity with the revolt in Iran and Rojhilat

The Kurdistan Alliance Framework and the Kurdish Women's Platform saluted the ongoing protests in Iran and Rojhilat (West Kurdistan) and called on all national democratic forces to embrace the resistance.

The Kurdistan Alliance Framework made a statement at the South-Eastern Journalists Association in Amed (Diyarbakır) concerning the resistance that followed the murder of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Jina Mahsa Amini by the "morality police" in Iran.

The opening speech was delivered by Saliha Aydeniz, Co-Chair of the Democratic Regions Party (DBP), which is a member of the Alliance Framework.

Aydeniz remarked that fascist and dictatorial regimes primarily target women all over the world, saying, “The murder of Amini in Iran and the rape and murder of an Armenian female soldier by Azerbaijani forces prove the fact that the state system is attacking women.”

“We, as the Women's Platform and the Kurdistan Alliance Framework, strongly condemn these femicides. We salute this anger-turned rebellion. Women will not surrender to this male-dominated system and will respond to attacks by organizing and improving their self-defence,” she stressed.

“We condemn the Iranian regime which attacks the democratic resistance that has spread to the cities of East Kurdistan and major Iranian cities against the murder of Amini. And we say ‘No’ to intervention in the will of women,” said the press statement that was read out afterwards.

“We commemorate those who lost their lives during the demonstrations. We offer our condolences to their families and wish a quick recovery to more than 200 injured, including women and children. Hundreds of protestors detained during the demonstrations should be released immediately,” said the press statement, which further included the following:

“It is entirely the decision of a woman whether to cover her head or not. We call on women and peoples to carry out an organized struggle against the sexist, racist, militarist, fascist dominant mentality that ignores the will of women and peoples all over the world, specifically in Iran, the Middle East and Kurdistan.

The recent revolt is also a national liberation move, in which women take an active part against the racist Iranian regime. We, the Kurdistan Alliance Framework and the Kurdish Women's Platform, endorse the popular revolts and call on all national democratic forces to support it.

This common resistance will lead to the development of democracy in Tehran, as well as to the ease of the people of Kurdistan. Therefore, we believe that a common struggle advocating freedom for Kurdistan and democracy for Iran will make the achievements permanent. Let's support and expand the common struggle for national freedom and democracy. And let's say 'stop' to the Iranian 'morality police' regime.

We call on the international community, especially the UN and the EU, to impose sanctions on the Iranian regime due to its racist, sexist, 'moralist' laws and policies that are hostile to women and peoples. We also urge global public opinion to take a stand against the Iranian crackdown on women, our people and other peoples.”