Café owner arrested, for serving in Kurdish language

A Kurdish Café owner was arrested by police and his shop was broken into in the early hours of the morning
Cafe Kurdish workers on left, table set up with tea, plates decorated with Kurdish expressions (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
Cafe Kurdish workers on left, table set up with tea, plates decorated with Kurdish expressions (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The café’s name is Kurdish and serves its customers in Kurdish. It is located in the Art Avenue in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey (the north part of Kurdistan). It’s opened 1.5 year ago, and its owner called Ramazan Shimshak, encouraged the visitors and customers to order in Kurdish, to protect the heritage and native language.

The owner’s brother Widad Shimshak revealed to the Kurdistan 24 broadcasting, the Turkish police officers in Diyarbakir broke into the café in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday, got his brother arrested and broke many items in the café and left chaos behind.

Widad stated, “My brother doesn’t have any political issues, nor any other problems, he is only fond of Kurdish, worked to develop the Kurdish native language, if my brother gets released or not, we’ll continue to serve in the Kurdish language, we promise we won’t give up!”

A solicitor advised Ramazan’s brother in this arrest case, if his brother is not accused of any political offence, he will be freed in the next following days.

Kurd people live in Kurdistan, speak Kurdi, they have their own Kurdish traditions, culture, and traditional clothing. Kurdistan is famous for highlands and fascinating natural views. The Kurdish language has been spoken by Kurds for thousands of years in the region.

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