September 25, 2017

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Nationalist movements gained popularity throughout Europe in the 19th Century resulting in the establishment of nation-states in Germany, Italy and Greece as well as autonomy in the Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Macedonia) that were under the control of the Ottoman Empire. Nationalist fever did not go unnoticed amongst the young Kurds. In addition to political repression, the Kurds have also experienced cultural repression.

In Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, there were extensive campaigns at forced assimilation. Kurds were forbidden to speak Kurdish in public, they had to change their names to local ethnic names if they wanted a job or to enroll their children in school. The Kurdish people are a heterogeneous ethnic group, they have their own language, culture and history unlike Arabs, Turks and Persians and the time has came to declare independence.