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Syrian Kurds in Sweden meet on Assad

Published: 04 Sep 2011 10:17 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Sep 2011 10:17 GMT+02:00

"We want to push the Kurdish people inside Syria to support the revolution more... Kurdish people both inside and outside Syria need to work harder to change this regime," said Massoud Akko, a Kurdish writer living in Norway who helped organise the conference.

The first meeting of The Conference of Syrian Kurdish Youths Abroad gathered more than 50 people from across Europe, the United States and the former Soviet Union to a large room in the Swedish parliament, Akko told AFP.

Members of parliament, politicians, writers, intellectuals and rights activists figured among the attendants.

"We tried to invite people living in Syria too, but it was too difficult for them to come. They have a travel ban," he explained.

Akko said the ultimate goal was to establish "a pluralist, democratic civil state" that would give Kurds equal rights.

"There has been violence on the Kurdish people in Syria long before the uprising began (in March). Kurds do not have equal rights. There are many things pushing us to energetically take part in the revolution," he said, also stressing the need to put more pressure on the international community to help push through regime change.

Organisers said in a statement the event would "provide a roadmap that provides a fair political solution for the Kurdish people's cause according to the rules of the UN and international treaties, and at the same level with all other (ethnic groups) in Syria".

As Saturday's conference discussed the atrocities in Syria, where the UN says more than 2,200 people have been killed since March, a separate group of about 50 people gathered outside to protest Turkish and Iranian bombings in Kurdish areas.

Holding banners demanding: "Stop the massacres in Kurdistan," and "Out with Iranian troops from Kurdistan," the protesters pointed to a recent Human Rights Watch report criticising Tehran and Ankara for not doing enough to protect civilians when attacking Kurdish separatists in Iraq.

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) of Turkey carries out periodic deadly attacks in Turkey, while the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) does the same in Iran, triggering air strikes from both countries.

Zanyar Kadir, a 30-year-old Iraqi-Kurd living in Sweden with a large Kurdish flag draped across his shoulders, insisted though that the bombings targeted civilians.

"They say they are killing guerrilla fighters, but they are killing families," he told AFP, insisting: "If no one stops them, they will just continue."

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

15:26 September 4, 2011 by jostein
Syrian Kurds? Hm, shouldnt that be "Swedes", "Norwedgians", "Americans" and the like according to politically correct lengua? Sheesh, you people, you wear a different hat each day, you can promote the blood-nationalism of others in one sentence and then turn around and call any swede who does the same a nazi. Disgusting hypocrisy.
18:49 September 4, 2011 by Uncle
Oh, where are all those defenders of the poor little palestinians, who care so much about independence and human rights? Where are they who defend palestinian terror against Jews?

Silent here.. As if 30 million kurds did not want independence. As if they do not use terror for their goals. As if Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria did not killed kurds in thousands with napalm and chemical weapons...

Talking about hypocrisy...
08:09 September 5, 2011 by shahislam
The few heads representing Iran is possible cosmic target of regime change after syria. No territorial part of the mankind or leaders to be blamed for secularly occuring these changes, rather we should praise the gift of greatness: the digital communication tool of Microsoft technology for making the change easier to the benefit of humanity on earth!

We need not to believe anything that does not make commonsense.

How do you know for sure who is claiming what? Dirty old style dishonest politics?

However, all these prove that hereditary style transfer of rulership has already become unpopular in the closely connected and digitally communicated public minds of the rapidly changing world!

But I am glad that my Canada's actual ruler: the Queen is wise enough not to make her hands dirty by doing any of the nasty things like the other small rulers do. I am so proud of her honesty and intellectuality! God bless her.
09:47 September 5, 2011 by tr2001
I do not think it's true. Turkey bombs the caves on the mountains of Iraq which only terrorists live. How can you be civilian if you are living on the mountain inside a cave? Why don't Kurds stop killing patrolling soldiers or cops on the first place? There are more civilized ways to solve problems.
10:45 September 5, 2011 by asteriks
Will Swedish SAPO be so nice to publish to Swedish citizen information abut this people who gather themselves: how many of them work for western political police, in this case for SAPO? Will they do anything criminal in their root country for benefits of western colonialists? Today HRW published that rebels in Lybia, rebels were paid by western politicians who represent oil interests, arrested about 5000 immigrants under excuse that they are sniperist of Muammar Gaddafi.
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