Monthly Archives: July 2009
Mass Public Strikes in Iranian Kurdistan
July 14, 2009, Paris – A one day strike was staged in almost all the Iranian Kurdish cities in the provinces of West Azerbijan, Kordestan, Kirmashan and Ilam in July 13, 2009. The majority of the shops in these cities were closed and Kurdistan went into darkness for three minutes.
Shaho Hussieni, the foreign relations chief of Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (PDKI) said: “This one day strike was planned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Dr. Abdul-Rahman Ghassemlou and his aides’ assassination and to condemn the terrorist activities of the clerical regime of Iran. PDKI had called upon the people of Kurdistan to go on strike on July 13 a month ago and had asked them to engage in some civil disobediences.”
The regime’s security forces had beefed up security and presence to prevent such a strike. Husseini also points out that “since our call for a Kurdistan-wide strike on July 13, regime’s security apparatus have been intimidating and pressuring the people of Kurdistan to not participate in this strike and avoid performing any activities.” He also adds that “Such pressures were much noticeable yesterday when the regime’s forces assaulted shop owners for closing their shops and broke many locks on stores that did not open on Monday and forced some shop owners to stay in their shops. It is likely that these pressures will continue in the days to come as well.”
The turnout in Iranian Kurdistan for regime’s staged presidential election on June 12 was very low in comparison to other parts of Iran. The PDKI foreign chief adds “Many people in Iranian Kurdistan did not turn out to vote in this election claiming that the election was staged and protested the fact that regime’s elections will not bring about any reforms in the clerical regime and the destiny of the Iranian people and the people of Kurdistan in particular will remain unchanged within this regime. This civil disobedience of the people of Kurdistan can be interpreted as an act of protest against the regime’s policies and existence.”
20 years ago, on 13 July 1989, a legendary Kurdish leader and then the Secretary-general of PDKI, Dr. Abdul-Rahman Ghassemlou and two of his associates were killed by the diplomat-terrorists of the clerical regime in an apartment in the outskirts of the Austrian capital Vienna where they were holding secret talks with envoys sent by then regime’s president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
In spite of credible evidence on the direct involvement of dispatched diplomat-terrorists of the Islamic regime in this tragedy, then the government of Austria sacrificed justice for her country’s political and commercial interests and allowed the three suspected accomplices who had taken refuge in the Iranian embassy after the 1989 killings to slip out of Austria without ever being questioned by the Austrian authorities.
Recently, new convincing evidences have surfaced on the Iranian regime’s involvement, above all Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the current regime’s president in the 1989 execution-style attack obtained from the testimony given to the Italian police by a jailed German arms dealer, who said he had supplied Ahmadinejad with weapons in Vienna shortly before Abdul-Rahman Ghassemlou’s assassination.
Agence-France-Presse reported that “the German, who made his statement to Italian anti-Mafia officers in 2006, said he was in contact with Iranian intelligence services in 1989 regarding arms deals. Shortly before the killing, he said he delivered in the first week of July 1989 half a dozen light weapons at a meeting at the Iranian embassy in Vienna.”
Furthermore, the Associated Press reported that “Peter Pilz, a top official with Austria’s Green Party and its spokesman on security said he wants a warrant issued for Ahmadinejad’s arrest, alleging the president-elect “stands under strong suspicion of having been involved” in the killings of Kurdish politician Abdul-Rahman Ghassemlou and two associates by providing weapons to the Iranian commandos who carried out the slaying.”
Austrian Times also reported that “Pilz claimed there had been two Iranian teams involved in the assassinations – a negotiations team and an execution team. Pilz said Ahmadinejad had been responsible for gathering and preparing the weapons used and had been a member of the execution team.”
Nonetheless, the Austrian officials deem these convincing evidences insufficient to kick-off any investigations fearing retaliation from the Iranian government and severing business ties with the regime of Tehran.
The Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran: An announcement on recent election in Iran
Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
The Islamic regime in Iran shows no respect for the real outcome of the elections that took place under its own non-democratic frame works and discriminatory procedures on 12 June 2009. The regime carried out a political coup instead, in order to maintain the Supreme Leader’s favored candidate, Mr Ahmadinejad, in power.
Iranian people have repeatedly had nationally and regionally revolutions in the past century to achieve your civil and democratic rights, but each victory again and again became confiscated and robbed by the coup makers to stabilize their dictatorship and autocracy.
Again another coup took place, under the guidance and support of Iranian religious Supreme Leader “Walye faqih Ali Khamenei” by his led Revolutionary Guards and Basijis to keep Ahmadinejad his favorite president in power.
In reply to this coup you the people of Iran have risked your life and gone out on the streets, displayed through a major historical mass demonstration in millions, and showing your discourse and anger to the rulers of Iran and the world. You have come out to defeat the dictators and to achieve all the civil rights that you have been deprived of during the recent century.
You have come to the streets for your rights with regard to: civil rights, democracy, the equality before the law, right to elect and be elected without discrimination in a free of cheating election, and the right to have access to modern and free mass media.
The problem is not just Ahmadinejad and Khamenei. The problem lies in the Iranian political system’s nature with its structure based on an absolute dictatorship in the form of “welayete faqih“. This problem has no stable solution but dealing with its roots’ factors in a radical way. The roots lie in the current Iranian Constitution and the relationship between the government and citizens of Iran that are shaped and channelled in a dictatorial and widespread discriminative way. The effective continuity and sustainability of the current fight and mass protest will ensure the achievement of our democratic and civil rights.
We the political parties and organizations in the “Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran= CNFI” condemn the cheating and brutalities of the Islamic Regime of Iran against its own people and support people’s fight for their democratic, just and fair demands of abolishing the fraudulent 10th presidency election.
The people of Iran who are composed of several nationalities with diverse cultural, religious and social origins are in need of a united fight more than ever during the current sensitive campaign.
Once again we support your struggle throughout Iran, and condemn the regime’s cruel actions by the brutal massacre that took place during the peaceful mass demonstration on last Monday. We extend our friendship and solidarity hands to all Iranian democratic forces for cooperation and a united campaign against the dictatorship for a decentralized democratic and a plural political system in Iran.
The Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran (CNFI)