Border foothpaths re-opened by Iran following long-term protests
in response to these long term protest, the Iranian regime recently promised to re-open Iranian border foothpaths, which led Baneh protesters to re-open their shops.
Baneh city had been on strike for over a month, as a result of Tehran's blockade of the border footpaths used by Kolbar workers to import goods from Iraqi Kurdistan. Entrepreneurs, merchants and others jointly decided to protest against the presence and oppression of the Iranian intelligence services in the region, specifically targeting the Kurds. In response, the Iranian government decided to militarize the region and exclude the region from internet. The Kurds in the region remained steadfast however, articulating a powerful message to Iran: We demand equal and inclusive citizenship and are here to stay.
In response to these long term protest, the Iranian regime recently promised to re-open Iranian border foothpaths, which led Baneh protesters to re-open their shops. Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan would like to congratulate the protestors with this result and supports the people of Baneh and all Kurds in Iran. For more information on kolbar workers (back carriers), please read the Kolbar worker report on our website.