Kurds Celebrate Nawroz and Raise Kurdistan Flag

March 14, 2018 at 3:39 pm

Kirkuk 20-3-2017, raising Kurdistan and Iraq’s flag on Kirkuk citadel during Nawroz celebrations, photo: Karwan Salihi.

Karwan Salihi- Kirkuk

The Kurdish political parties decided to celebrate Kurdish New Year (Nawroz) altogether with people by raising Kurdistan flag and lightning fire.

The decision was made in a meeting of the politicians in Kirkuk on Tuesday, 13-3, in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official bureau.

Sheikh Sidiq Ahmed, a politician in the Kurdistan Communist Party  told Kirkuknow: “Nawroz’s fire will be lightened in its usual place as previous years,” he also mentioned that they have decided to discuss the security-related issues with the Governor and the Law Enforcement Commander.

There is a lot of controversy about Nawroz celebrations in Kirkuk this year because of the changes in the security dossier post the October 16 events. Lately, there have been rumors of preventing Kurdish New Year celebration in Kirkuk.

“We will celebrate the New Year occasions warmly altogether, we ask people to celebrate the memories of March and Halabja raising Kurdistan flag,” said Rawand Mullah Mahmud, PUK politician in a press conference.

It is decided to celebrate Halabja, Nawroz, and later on, the 1991 Spring Uprising of the city against the former Baath Regime on March 16, 20, and 21.

Rawanad Mullah Mahmud on behalf of the other parties asked the Iraqi Government to act according to the Iraqi constitution and stabilize the situation in Kirkuk. He also addressed Kurd’s representatives in Baghdad to impose constitution and refuse injustice”.

Moreover, he requested the Kurdish leadership to “speak up about Kurds in Kirkuk, and no longer accept any kind of oppressive authority”.

Maan al-Saadi the Major General of the Law Enforcement in Kirkuk announced in a statement that: they have security plans and they will be ready to protect the city during Nawroz celebrations.

When the disputes reached its height between Baghdad and Kurdistan Region because of the Kurds’ referendum, the Iraqi forces returned to Kirkuk on October 16, 2017, in the frame of the law enforcement operations and the Peshmarga withdrew.

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