In Ma­habad Kurds set ho­tel on fire af­ter young woman jumped to her death due to sex­ual as­sault

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Hun­dreds, and pos­si­bly thou­sands of Kurds protested in front of a ho­tel and burned it in the Ira­nian Kur­dish city of Ma­habad on Thurs­day, fol­low­ing the sui­cide of a fe­male em­ployee who was be­lieved to have jumped to her death in or­der to es­cape the rape at­tempts of an Ira­nian of­fi­cer, ac­cord­ing to news agen­cies.

Ma­habad is a pre­dom­i­nantly Kur­dish town in the north­west cor­ner of Iran.

“She threw her­self from the ho­tel’s bal­cony on the fourth floor, for fear of be­ing cap­tured by the Ira­nian of­fi­cer.”

Ac­cord­ing to the news agen­cies, se­cu­rity forces fired live bul­lets at the pro­test­ers and blocked off roads in the city lead­ing to the protest site.

The Kur­dish ac­tivist Ibrahim Asaad said that the Ira­nian regime’s prac­tice against the Kurds “reached un­bear­able lev­els.”

“The Kur­dish peo­ple in Iran have been sub­jected to per­se­cu­tion and sup­pres­sion by the au­thor­i­ties. This in­ci­dent, although it seems in­di­vid­ual, re­flects the de­gree of bru­tal­ity of se­cu­rity of­fi­cers in Ma­habad,” he said.

“This protest has been mo­ti­vated by sym­pa­thy with the vic­tim and dozens other vic­tims who have been ex­posed to such acts by the ir­re­spon­si­ble Ira­nian of­fi­cers.

The Kur­dish res­i­dents of Ma­habad won’t stop protest­ing un­til mak­ing sure that the per­pe­tra­tors are pros­e­cuted,” a man told news agen­cies.

The re­port noted that over the past few months, the Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties have ex­e­cuted sev­eral Kur­dish ac­tivists.

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