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by Oui Wed Sep 28th, 2022 at 10:53:02 PM EST


Death Iranian Kurd Jhina and Call for Regime Change

Amini died after `blow to the head' in Iranian police custody, says cousin | L'Orient |

"Jhina's death has opened the doors of popular anger," said Erfan Salih Mortezaee, 34, using Amini's Kurdish first name and referring to the ongoing wave of protests that her death has sparked.

SULAIMANIYAH -- Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini was visiting Tehran with her family when she encountered the notorious morality police and died after a "violent blow to the head," according to her cousin who lives in Iraq.

"Jhina's death has opened the doors of popular anger," said Erfan Salih Mortezaee, 34, using Amini's Kurdish first name and referring to the ongoing wave of protests sparked by her death.

Amini's mother called Mortezaee to tell him what happened to her 22-year-old daughter in police custody, he said.

AFP spoke with Mortezaee in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region -- bordering Amini's native Kurdistan province in Iran -- where he has been living for a year.

There he joined Iranian Kurdish nationalist group Komala, which has conducted a long-running cross-border insurgency against the Tehran authorities, seeking autonomy for Kurdish-populated areas of northwestern Iran.

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"What is happening in Kurdistan and everywhere else in Iran is popular anger against the Islamic Republic's regime, against the dictatorship," Mortezaee said.
At least 76 people have been killed in the demonstrations, according to the Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights (IHR), while Iran's semi-official Fars news agency has placed the death toll "around 60."

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The country has seen protests in recent years, including deadly demonstrations in November 2019 over rising fuel price.

But this time "women are taking the lead and are actively taking part in the protests," Mortezaee said. "Women are participating in the demonstrations courageously and are taking to the streets, day and night," he said.

"We, the youth, know that if this regime falls, a better life awaits us."

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tabloid Hurriyet | Air operation carried out against PKK in northern Iraq: Akar, 29 Sep
"There is no stopping until the last terrorist is neutralized. The terrorists are doing everything to confuse international public opinion. Turks and Kurds are brothers," [Defense Minister Hulusi Akar] said.

Akar said the fight against terrorism is ongoing without making any concessions, adding that they are "determined to finish it."

"The Turkish Armed Forces are continuing their struggle day and night. Our sphere of influence has expanded and is expanding. We have to work harder than ever to fulfill our responsibilities to our people," the minister added.
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In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the U.S. and the European Union, has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

"Neutralized" is a term used by the Turkish military and officials to indicate terrorists were either killed, wounded, or captured. The ministry ranks those included on the list in five color-coded categories from red (most wanted) to blue, green, orange and grey.

tabloid Hurriyet | US cannot find valuable ally like Türkiye, Erdoğan says, 29 Sep discriminatin' taste in arms clients
... The president reminded that he had meetings with Republican politicians, including Senator Lindsey Graham Cracker, during his recent visit to New York. "In those discussions, they gave me positive answers. They said, 'So we cannot leave Türkiye, our most important partner in NATO, alone at this point, we will do our best,'" Erdoğan said.
by Cat on Thu Sep 29th, 2022 at 05:20:56 PM EST


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