On Saturday 19 July around
300 Kurdish teachers protested against Farzad Kamangar’s death
sentence . At the gathering in Sanandaj, in Iranian Kurdistan, the
teachers read out a manifesto in defence of Farzad Kamangar, calling
his death sentence unjust and demanding that the authorities revoke it
and release him immediately.
Kamangar, a teacher, journalist and civil society activist was
sentenced to death for alleged membership of the Kurdistan Workers
Party (PKK) in Turkey. This took place in a closed-door court hearing
lasting less than five minutes!
gathering in front of the Sanandaj prosecutor’s office also included
members of Farzad Kamangar’s family. The protesters held portraits of
Farzad Kamangar and placards with slogans like: "This kind and helpful
teacher should not be sentenced to death", "Justice means freedom for
Kamangar" and "We demand Farzad Kamangar’s release". The 40 minute
gathering ended peacefully.
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Iranian Workers’ Solidarity Network
30 July 2008
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