Kurdish cities in Iran and Turkey remember Jina Mahsa Amini

Kurdish cities in Iran and Turkey remember Jina Mahsa Amini
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On the anniversary of Amini's untimely death, the "Jin, Jiyan, Azadi" (Women, Life, Freedom) movement sees renewed vigor as shopkeepers in Kurdish areas unite in protest.

Today, in a powerful display of unity, Kurdish cities across Iran shut their businesses in remembrance of the first anniversary of Jina Mahsa Amini's passing. This sweeping strike was spurred by calls from local organizations and activists in Iran's Kurdish territories.

Cities like Bukan, Dehgulan, and Urmia joined the subdued protest, showcasing a united front of mourning and dissent against alleged rights violations. This quiet stance is a response to previous harsh actions by Iranian security forces. However, the silence was not absolute – the digital world was abuzz with demands for change.

Saqqiz, where Amini was born, saw a surge in tension with a noticeable increase in security forces. This uptick in security was evident in several cities, underlining the government's heightened concerns of public unrest. Hengaw's reports, particularly from Saqqiz, highlighted a strong presence of security personnel, from ground patrols to overhead helicopters.

The day was poignant when the Revolutionary Guards briefly held Mahsa Amini's father, Amjad Amini. Although released soon after with a stern warning against commemorating his daughter, the Amini family remains a point of contention for challenging the official account of Jina's death.

The repercussions of Amini's death still resonate throughout Iran, sparking some of the largest protests against the government since the 1979 revolution. This year's restrained commemorations hint at a nation grappling with its future course.

Echoes of protest in Turkish cities

Concurrently, Turkish cities, steered by the Tevgera Jinên Azad (TJA), staged marches and demonstrations. Women rallied under the "Jin, jiyan, azadî" banners, calling for global unity against oppression.

In Van's Dabbaoglu Park, women triumphed despite official attempts to stifle gatherings. Displaying banners with Jîna Emînî's images, they breached police barriers, voicing their dissent passionately.

Van's representative, Gulcan Kacmaz Sayyigit, emphasized the global significance of the "Jin, jiyan, azadî" slogan. She affirmed the unwavering resilience of Kurdish women against oppressive regimes, drawing strength from iconic figures in Kurdish history.

Kiziltepe district in Mardin saw another major gathering. Various political entities and civilians converged at Freedom Square, wielding banners and chanting the now-familiar "Jin, jiyan, azadî." The message was unequivocal: Kurdish women, undeterred by challenges, persist in their resistance.

Concluding the sentiment, Green Left Party MP Beritan Gunes stated, "The authorities fear women's power, resorting to severe repercussions. Yet, our spirit remains unyielding. Kudos to every woman championing our movement."