A woman stands on top of a car as protesters make their way toward the cemetery where Mahsa Amini is buried.

Kurdish Parties Call For Strike On Mahsa Amini Anniversary

Thursday, 09/07/2023

Six Kurdish political parties have jointly issued a call for a general strike on September 16, coinciding with the first anniversary of the tragic murder of Mahsa Amini who died in the hands of morality police.

In a show of unity, the parties emphasized that the people's movement for freedom in Iran has taken "irreversible and unstoppable steps" over the past year.

Expressing their solidarity with civil society activists and independent organizations, the parties have declared September 16th as the Day of General Strike throughout Kordestan. However, Iranians criticized the statement for announcing a strike on a national holiday, when businesses will be closed, and for not calling for protest rallies as many other activist groups have.

One of the actions planned for the day is a gathering at the gravesite of Mahsa and all the martyrs of the Woman, Life, Freedom movement in various cities and villages across Kordestan.

The authors of the statement have called upon women, youth, workers, teachers, retirees, environmental activists, and other segments of the population across Iran to actively participate in the general strike as a show of solidarity against the regime's brutality and oppression.

Prior to this, 27 institutions and groups had already issued similar calls for a global gathering on the same day, in honor of Kurdish-Iranian Amini, who was arrested for the inappropriate wearing of her hijab before dying in morality police custody from what evidence suggests were massive blows to the head. 

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