Reciting poems disallowed in Saqqez
Mawlawi Kurdish Council in the town of Saqqez arranged a seminar for the famous Kurdish poet, Raheem Luqmani in order to recite his poems on May 7. But the administration officials of the town prevented the even from taking place.
As the council had made all the preparation for the seminar and the poet was just about to start reading his poems, the administration officials and the employees of Arshad Administration in the town attacked the place and prevented Luqman from reciting his poems. They said reciting poems is not allowed.
Saqqez is a city in the west of Iran. According to 2006 census, 131,348 people lived there. Saqqez is famous because of its ancient history and the remaining of a historic fort located on north-east of the city, named "Zehweeya".
People of Saqqez are Kurds and speak in Kurdish language; they also speak in Persian which is the official language of Iran. In recent years there was a huge community of Sufies in Saqqez, they still exist in little numbers and do their spiritual rituals in special places named Tekkyeh.
Although people in the town are Kurds, they are not allowed to practice their language in official ceremonies and the poets are not allowed to read their poems in Kurdish.