Human Rights, Protest Announcements

September 3, 2011: Global Demonstrations in Defense of People in Iraqi Kurdistan and against the Atrocities of the Islamic Republic of Iran & the Turkish Government!

An entire family of seven was killed in attacks by the Turkish and Islamic Republic regimes on civilians in Iraqi Kurdistan.

What is happening?
For the past several weeks, people in Iraqi Kurdistan have been the targets of military operations by both the Islamic Republic of Iran and by the Turkish military.

The Turkish government and the Islamic Republic claim that the reason they are launching air and ground assaults in this region is to defend against attacks by armed militants. But in fact, these governments are attacking villages, farms, livestock, and civilian vehicles. They are targeting the people in Iraqi Kurdistan, and using the armed militants as an excuse to justify their atrocities.

Where is it happening?
The assaults are happening primarily in the Kandil Mountains, an area that borders Turkey, Iran, and Syria. Kurdish areas in northern Syria bordering Turkey are already burning in revolution.

Why is this happening?
Like elsewhere in the region, people in Iran, Iraq, and Turkey are also tired of living under dictatorship. They want to live in freedom, and have been struggling for freedom for years. The revolutionary mood in the region has reached these countries too. The suppressive regimes are afraid, and will do anything to prevent people from overthrowing these dictatorial regimes.

Therefore, the objectives of these atrocities are:
– to create an atmosphere of fear
– to provide justification for militarization in the area, which will suppress the local population
– to crush peoples’ defiance and protest

What are people doing about it?
Protests have already started in a number of cities in Iraqi Kurdistan. In support of these protests to
– condemn the Islamic Republic and the government of Turkey,
– demand an immediate halt to these atrocities, and
– bring an end to the militaristic atmosphere

We are organizing demonstrations on 3 September, in coordination with cities around the world. We invite you to join us and all freedom-loving people in Europe, North America, Turkey, Iraq and Iran to demonstrate on September 3, 2011 in support of people in Iraqi Kurdistan. The current list of protest actions appears below:

Global Demonstrations in Defense of People in Iraqi Kurdistan,
and against the Atrocities of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Turkish Government!

Confirmed cities as of 28 August 2011

CANADA
Toronto
Time: September 3, 2-4 pm
Place: Turkish Consulate General, 10 Lower Spadina Avenue, Suite 300 Toronto, M5V 2Z2
Organiser: WPI & LWPI
Contact: 416 858 6974, 647 298 0409

Vancouver
Time: September 3, 5-7pm
Place: In front of the Art Gallery, Robson & How

CYPRUS
Nicosia
Time: Saturday 3 September 2011, 10-11am
Place: Islamic Republic Embassy
Contact: Amir Masoud Khaghani, tel: 99170803
Organized by: Cyprus Refugee Rights Movement

GERMANY
Frankfurt
Time: September 3, 1-5pm
Place: Hauptwache
Organiser: LWPI & WPI

Koln
Time: September 3, 5pm
Place: Domplatte
Organiser: LWPI & WPI

Munich
Date: September 3
Time: 4pm
Place: Isarinselfest, in front of Lukaskirche
Organizer: Petra Plötz, 0176-50728972

SWEDEN
Borås
Time: September 3, 2-4pm
Place: Stora torget.
Contact: Esmail Mardukh 0 737 59 85 66

Gothenberg
Time: September 3, 1-3pm
Place: Brunnsparken
Contact: Abe Asadi 0737178819

Malmo
Time: September 3, 1-3pm
Place: Davidshallsbron
Contact: Farideh Arman 0703638088

Orebro
Time: September 3, 4-5pm
Place: Stortorget
Organiser: Mission Free Iran

Sävsjö
Time: September 3, 4-5pm
Place: Sävsjö Centrum
Organiser: Mission Free Iran
Contact: moied83@gmail.com تلفن: 0736561595

USA
Washington DC
Date: Saturday 3 September 2011
Time: 1-3pm
Place: Embassy of Turkey (2525 Massachusetts Ave NW) starting at 1pm, then at 2pm move to protest at the offices of the Islamic Republic of Iran (2209 Wisconsin Ave) and protest for an hour.
Organizer: Mission Free Iran
Contact: maria.rohaly@gmail.com; (240) 812-9234

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