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