PM Masrour Barzani: 1991 Uprising historical turning point against oppression, occupation, subjugation

Continuing his message, PM Barzani referred to the March 1991 uprising as one of the most important events in Kurdistan's history and, “a great source of pride and sovereignty of the Kurdistan nation.”
Kurdistan Region's Prime Minister Masrour Barzani. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
Kurdistan Region's Prime Minister Masrour Barzani. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region Masrour Barzani, marking the 33rd anniversary of the 1991 Kurdish uprising, said the uprising was a historical turning point against oppression and occupation.

PM Barzani extended his tribute to “the heroic Peshmerga forces and the proud families of the martyrs,” and “all those who have worked diligently and tolerated hardships for the sake of freedom, prosperity, progress, and resistance of the Kurdistan Region.”

Continuing his message, PM Barzani referred to the March 1991 uprising as one of the most important events in Kurdistan's history and, “a great source of pride and sovereignty of the Kurdistan nation.”

“It was the product of unity of all classes and communities of Kurdistan; it was a final rejection of oppression, occupation, and subjugation. The outcome of the uprising was the establishment of the federal structure of the Kurdistan Region and the legitimate and constitutional institutions of our region,” the statement read.

PM Barzani also emphasized that while we commemorate the uprising, “it is very important that all the political parties of Kurdistan, communities and individuals defend the national achievements and constitutional rights of the Kurdish nation in unity.”

It is therefore important to “protect and develop the federal structure of the Kurdistan Region, the high values ​​of the uprising and the principles of peaceful coexistence, nonviolence and humanitarianism of the Kurdistani nation,” the statement stated.

The revolt included the diverse ethnic and religious communities in the Kurdistan Region, Barzani said, adding all sides have to work together to preserve the values and principles of the uprising.

Residents in Ranya city, where the uprising first erupted on March 5, 1991, held several cultural events on Sunday to commemorate the day.

The major political event in Kurdish history comes following decades of oppression and genocide inflicted by the former regime, which was toppled in 2003.