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Activists, Iranian Kurds protest Iran attacks, executions outside UN HQ in Erbil

Calling on UN not to remain silent over Iran’s attacks
2018-09-12

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SULAIMANI — A number of activists and Iranian Kurds protested outside the UN headquarters in Erbil against Tehran’s missile attack on the opposition groups and the execution of a number of Kurdish prisoners on Saturday (September 8).

NRT reporter Renas Ali said that a number of civil and political activists, as well as Iranian refugees living in the Kurdistan Region, gathered outside the UN headquarters in Erbil on Wednesday (September 12).

The protesters urged the United Nations to not remain silent over the Iran’s missile attack.

They also called on the international community and the United Nations to stop Iran from bombing the Kurdistan Region and executing Kurdish prisoners.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran cannot frighten Kurds by bombing and executions,” said Rafiq Hossein Panahi, who was in Erbil for the demonstration and whose brother Ramin was executed on Saturday.

Another protester told NRT that Iran’s bombardment would not frighten them.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran should know that we won’t surrender and we won’t be frightened by the bombardment,” she added.

Meanwhile, Iranian Kurds have gone a nation-wide strike in the Kurdish areas of Iran in response to Saturday's events, Panahi told NRT.

Iran launched rocket attacks against the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDP-I), in Koya on Saturday. Tehran also executed Panahi, Zanyar, and Loqman the same day.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said in a statement on Sunday that it had fired seven missiles in the attack.

The attack killed 15 people and wounded 50 others, including officials and Peshmerga of both Iranian opposition parties, according to the Koya health directorate.

The judiciary’s Mizan news service said Loqman Moradi and Zanyar Moradi were accused of carrying out an attack in the western town of Marivan in July 2009 that killed three people, including the son of a prominent cleric.

Ramin Hossein Panahi was accused of participating in an assault targeting security forces in the town of Sanandaj in June 2017.

(NRT)