Kurdish Groups Call for Strikes against Revolutionary Guards’ Suppression of Protests

A checkpoint for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the city of Javanrud, Kurdistan Province (Twitter)
A checkpoint for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the city of Javanrud, Kurdistan Province (Twitter)
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Kurdish Groups Call for Strikes against Revolutionary Guards’ Suppression of Protests

A checkpoint for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the city of Javanrud, Kurdistan Province (Twitter)
A checkpoint for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the city of Javanrud, Kurdistan Province (Twitter)

Kurdish parties opposed to the Iranian regime called on all Iranians to carry out strikes and protest marches on Thursday. They urged demonstration in response to the Revolutionary Guards’ oppression of protests in Kurdistan and in several other areas.

For the tenth week since the young Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, died in the custody of the Iranian morality police, the Revolutionary Guards have been suppressing widespread protests in Iran.

Kurdish groups called on political organizations, civilian activists, and Iranian citizens to strike and protest in support of Iranian Kurdistan and unity among Iranians.

“Several days ago, the regime started a bloodbath with all its might in Kurdistan and committed a general massacre,” the Kurdish Parties’ Coordinating Committee said in a statement.

The number of people killed by security forces during the protest movement since mid-September has risen to 437. This figure, according to the US-based Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), has included 61 minors.

HARANA also pointed to Iranian authorities arresting 18,055 individuals during the unrest.

As protests continue in various forms, senior officials in Iran have defended the crackdown to quell the demonstrations.

“People expect us to have a firm confrontation,” said Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Member of Parliament and general of the Revolutionary Guards Muhammad Ismail Kothari had also approved sending ground forces to Kurdish cities to confront “separatists.”

Brigadier-General and Commander of the Revolutionary Guard Ground Forces Mohammad Pakpour called on the people of the Iraqi Kurdistan region to evacuate the centers and headquarters of what he labeled as “terrorists,” in a hint at Iranian Kurdish groups.

In a press conference, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said that “76 terrorist centers that are opposed to the revolution are active in the Kurdistan region.”

“These groups have allowed US and Israeli weapons to the country,” he added.

“As long as there is a threat from the neighborhood against us, our armed forces will continue their actions to ensure the maximum national security of the country,” affirmed the top diplomat.



Slovenia's Government Recognizes Palestinian State

The Slovenian government raises a Palestinian flag alongside the flags of Slovenia and the EU in front of its building in downtown Ljubljana - Reuters
The Slovenian government raises a Palestinian flag alongside the flags of Slovenia and the EU in front of its building in downtown Ljubljana - Reuters
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Slovenia's Government Recognizes Palestinian State

The Slovenian government raises a Palestinian flag alongside the flags of Slovenia and the EU in front of its building in downtown Ljubljana - Reuters
The Slovenian government raises a Palestinian flag alongside the flags of Slovenia and the EU in front of its building in downtown Ljubljana - Reuters

The Slovenian government on Thursday approved a decision to recognize an independent Palestinian state, Prime Minister Robert Golob said, following in the steps of Spain, Ireland and Norway.

"Today the government has decided to recognize Palestine as an independent and sovereign state," he said at a news conference in Ljubljana.

The parliament of the European Union member country must also approve the government's decision in coming days, according to Reuters.

The move is part of a wider effort by countries to coordinate pressure on Israel to end the conflict in Gaza.

Golob also called for the immediate cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and the release of all hostages.

"This is the message of peace," he said.

The Slovenian government raised a Palestinian flag alongside the flags of Slovenia and the EU in front of its building in downtown Ljubljana.

On May 28, Spain, Ireland and Norway officially recognized a Palestinian state, prompting an angry reaction from Israel.

Of the 27 members of the European Union, Sweden, Cyprus, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria have already recognized a Palestinian state. Malta has said it could follow soon.

Britain and Australia have said they are also considering recognition, but France has said now is not the time.

Germany joined Israel's staunchest ally, the United States, in rejecting a unilateral approach, insisting that a two-state solution can only be achieved through dialogue.

Denmark's parliament on Tuesday voted down a bill to recognize a Palestinian state.

Norway, which chairs the international donor group to the Palestinians, had until recently followed the US position but has lost confidence that this strategy will work.