ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – Zoroastrians in the Kurdistan Region expressed their support for the independence referendum, stating benefits for future generations in the region should be highly considered.
“We have to put forth efforts to obtain better living conditions for our future generations,” the chief of Zoroastrian followers in the Kurdistan Region Awat Hussamaddin Tayib told Kurdistan24 on Sunday.
“Such efforts should continue generation after generation,” she said. “Therefore, we believe it is better to have an independent land.”
“Kurdistan is the most beloved and sacred treasure we have and requires us to protect it with our souls if needed. We have to free it from oppression,” she added.
Qadirok Zardashti, one of the followers of Zoroastrianism, called on all the followers of the religion in the Kurdistan Region to vote in favor of independence on Sep. 25, 2017.
“I urge all Zoroastrian followers to support the independence of the Kurdistan Region,” Zardashti declared.
He added the referendum was an opportunity for the people of the Region to ask for a sovereign entity in the world.
The Kurdistan Region is home to nine different religious groups including Muslims, Christians, Jews, Yezidis (Ezidis), Zoroastrians, Kakais (Yarsan), Bahaees, and Sabian Mandaeans who live together in peace and social harmony.
The representatives of all the groups have expressed their support for the independence referendum in September.
The President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani has insisted on holding the vote in September.
On Monday, President Barzani accompanied with a High Referendum Committee traveled to Brussels to discuss Kurdish independence with European officials.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany