Invitation to the 2016 Newroz Celebrations in Diyarbakir

Newroz in Dyarbakir

By 2016 Newroz Organizing Committee:

We cordially invite you to join us welcome Newroz (Kurdish New Year, March 21st) in Diyarbakir on Newroz, the spring equinox, is celebrated across a vast geography as the harbinger of the joint revival of nature and society. For the Kurdish people Newroz is also the symbol of struggle against tyranny and freedom from yoke.

As this year’s Newroz draws close, we are witnessing the Turkish government’s escalating politics of violence and oppression against Kurdish people, deepening internecine conflict in Syria, and the increased threats of a regional and global warfare. Within such a context, we would like to celebrate Newroz as a part of struggles for a fair and sustainable peace, autonomous self-government, and democratic coexistence in Turkey, Rojava (Northern Syria) and broader Middle East. Please come and join us to bolster the free spirit of Newroz. We will be honored and strengthened by your presence.

In Solidarity,
On behalf of the 2016 Newroz Organizing Committee:

  • Selahattin Demirtaş & Figen Yüksekdağ, Co-Chairs, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)
  • Selma Irmak & Hatip Dicle, Co-Chairs, Democratic Society Congress (DTK)
  • Ayla Akat Ata, Spokeswoman Free Women’s Congress (KJA)
  • Kamuran Yüksek, Co-Chair, Democratic Regions Party (DBP)

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