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Iranian Kurdish shopkeepers strike against executions, missile attacks

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Iranian people stage a protest
Iranian Kurdish shopkeepers started on Wednesday a strike against the executions of Kurdish activists and the bombing of opposition parties in Koya in the neighboring Kurdistan Region.

Six political prisoners were executed over the weekend and east 15 were killed and nearly 49 injured in a missile attack on the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDP-I) and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDK-I).

Shop owners are called by Kurdish parties and Kurdish activists in Iran to strike in protest of the Iranian government’s actions. Europe is expected to witness another protests.

“People in Kurdistan will stage a peaceful general strike to show the brutal Islamist regime in Iran that we will not accept more military attacks against our political parties and executions of our political activist,” Loghman H. Ahmedi, a senior member of the PDKI’s leadership stated on Wednesday.

“This regime is on its last leg. With a combination of peaceful demonstrations and general strikes, together with the resistance of the Peshmerga Forces, the Kurdish people will be at the forefront to bring about change in Iran. The only factor that is missing the international support to end the rule of this brutal theocratic regime,” he added.

There were strikes in Kurdish cities, including Sanandaj, Mariwan, Saqez, Bane, Mahabad, and Piranshah, according to the Kurdish Hengaw Organization for Human Rights.

“Sources in these cities have reported a massive strike,” and people are rarely leaving their homes, Hengaw stated.

The organization claimed that the internet was cut or restricted in most Kurdish cities.

The atmosphere in Iranian Kurdistan is also completely militarized, and many Kurdish activists are being summoned, interrogated, and even threatened by security agencies, Hengaw claimed.

It’s not the first time Kurdish shopkeepers strike against Iranian government policies.

In April, merchants and shopkeepers across several towns in Rojhilat held a weeks-long strike after the Iranian government launched a crackdown on Kurdish border couriers (Kolbar).

Residents in Kurdish-populated cities of Iran rely on imported products and trade to make a living.
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