The clothing ban announcement came from the Security Council of Oshnavieh, West Azerbaijan Province in north-western Iran, on Monday June 11, just prior to the traditional Cherry Feast in Kurdistan.
During the Cherry Feast, the people of Oshnavieh come together, dressed in traditional garb, to sell their garden products and celebrate folklore. This year, they were prevented from doing so.
After a joint meeting of the Department of Intelligence, the Security Council, and the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Oshnavieh, the agencies issued a statement that threatened people against wearing Kurdish clothes in public places and meetings, including at their festivals. If Kurdish people disobey this law, they could face a court order.
In addition, the Department of Intelligence and the IRGC have told the Oshnavieh government that they have to stop citizens from talking in Kurdish in public.
These measures are designed to suppress the traditions of the Kurdish people and crush their spirit, in order to stop them from rebelling against the Iranian Regime. But this move won’t work – the Kurdish people will resist the Regime’s brutality.
The Kurdish diaspora in the USA has actually been asking the White House to impose stricter sanctions on Iran in order to bring an end to the religious dictatorship.
Mustafa Hijri, leader of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) said: “The only way to bring an end to dictatorship in Iran as well as an end to Iran’s destructive behaviour in the Middle East, is through regime change.”
The Regime needs to suppress its citizens in order to maintain control, as they could never keep power in a democracy. This is what they’ve been doing for the past 40 years and it’s what they will keep doing until they are overthrown.
The Iranian people are currently in the midst of an uprising against the mullahs, which began in Mashad in December and has now spread across the country, and their goal is regime change. It is something that they have made clear time and time again.
All those who care about freedom and democracy should support the Iranian people’s desire for a free Iran and encourage their elected officials to attend the Free Iran Grand Gathering in Paris on June 30. The event, which is organised by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), attracts over 100,000 politicians, activists, and supporters every year.