Kur­dish Com­mu­nity in Nashville ral­lies for in­de­pen­dence

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Nashville’s Kur­dish com­mu­nity, which is one of the largest in the United States, held a rally on July 25 in sup­port of an in­de­pen­dent Kur­dis­tan. It is be­lieved to be the first such rally in the United States. Kur­dis­tan in­cludes a re­gion that’s cur­rently part of Iraq, which is deal­ing with vi­o­lent in­sur­gents and is hav­ing in­creas­ingly strained re­la­tions with the eth­nic groups of the coun­try. Kurds al­ready have an au­tonomous govern­ment in north­east of Iraq and see the sit­u­a­tion as a golden op­por­tu­nity to break away. The Kur­dish Pres­i­dent, Massoud Barzani, re­cently took the ini­tial steps to hold a ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence. About 100 peo­ple were in front of the Fed­eral Build­ing in down­town Nashville, wav­ing flags in a demon­stra­tion for an in­de­pen­dent Kur­dis­tan. Tabeer Taabur, one of the rally’s main or­ga­niz­ers, said that the thought of in­de­pen­dence is so emo­tional it al­most made him cry. “I’ve al­ways had joy­ful moments in my life, but for an in­de­pen­dent Kur­dis­tan, to en­joy recog­ni­tion from the world, I mean, no other feel­ing com­pares to it,” Taabur added. The largely Mus­lim Kur­dish pop­u­la­tion in the Mid­dle East is di­vided be­tween four coun­tries: Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq. Cam­ran Wani, one of the rally’s or­ga­niz­ers, sees these di­vi­sions as ar­ti­fi­cial bound­aries. “Each of these coun­tries re­ally tried to an­ni­hi­late the Kurds as a na­tion,” he said. “Kurds have got­ten to the point where they now say enough is enough.” Wani said that right now, they’re just ral­ly­ing for in­de­pen­dence from Iraq. But they hope one day Kur­dis­tan will in­clude the rest of the Kur­dish re­gion. The Kurds have yet to gar­ner of­fi­cial sup­port from the United States. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry re­cently urged them to re­main part of Iraq.

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