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Annual Newroz Reception held at House of Commons
The Kurdish and Turkish Community Centre hosted the 2nd Annual Newroz reception on Monday at the House of Commons. Lord William Wallace said “Turkey is having problems with Kurdish people and this is because of Kurdish community is broadcasting more and more. I wish a happy Newroz to all.” Lord Dholakia wished a happy Newroz to all the Kurdish community adding “Turkey must release Abdullah Ocalan and then the connections between Turkey and EU will start to improve, otherwise Turkey will have hard time if there is no resolution.”
Some 10,000 Kurds and their friends gathered to see and hear a programme of music, dance and speeches to welcome in the new year….By Kurdish standards it was quite a restrained affair there were no Newroz fires, no fire works (casualties of health and safety obsessed Britain), and the cry for relief from the centuries of oppression Kurds have suffered in their homeland was enacted through an expression of cultural pride. …The PKK continues its defense despite its political “banning” by Britain, the E.U. and the United States as a “terrorist organization”.
Talking to bianet on tomorrow’s Newroz (spring day) celebrations in Diyarbakır, Demirbaş said: “This year festivities are more important because of the elections. The elections are going between the state and Kurds. If they don’t harm Newroz enthusiasm with provocations, attendance to the festivities will be an indication of the election results.”
This year’s celebrations in Turkey showed that this cultural event still remains highly contested politically, and reflects Turkey’s challenges over the Kurdish question.
Turkish state, helped by improvements in the conditions of the Kurds, has restored the reputation of Novruz. Indeed, Turkey has taken significant steps to allow greater Kurdish minority rights, such as setting up a TV channel broadcasting in Kurdish on the state-run TRT network. Nonetheless, Novruz still remains a politically significant event for Turkey’s Kurdish population, and Kurdish nationalists resist attempts by the state to co-opt Novruz. … The DTP staged a demonstration in Diyarbakir on March 21, which it claimed to be the largest-scale Novruz celebration in the Middle East.
Newroz is a spring festival, also celebrated in Iran and Central Asia. It has become a symbol of Kurdish resistance, and previous years have witnessed violent clashes between Kurdish protesters and security forces.
The Turkish government has attempted to claim the day as its own, calling it “Nevruz” (as the “w” is clearly part of the Kurdish and not the Turkish alphabet).
Those who have integrated celebrating Spring Equinox include nations that speak languages such as Afghani, Armenian, Arabic, Assyrian, Azari, Baluchi, Caldanian, Kurdish, Jewish, Persian, Tajiki, Turcoman, Turkish, etc. Members of these and all other nations are welcome to join any or all of the following events and share the joy of Newroz with the Kurdish Community.
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