KDP President Masoud Barzani: Will to live proudly, freedom-seeking always in hearts of Kurdistani Nation

While paying tributes to the proud families of the martyrs, the heroism of Peshmerga forces, patriots, freedom fighters and the people of Kurdistan, President Masoud Barzani described the 1991 uprising as “a new beginning and a new hope in the life of our nation.”
KDP President Masoud Barzani. (Photo: Barzani HQ)
KDP President Masoud Barzani. (Photo: Barzani HQ)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)’s President Masoud Barzani, marking the 33rd anniversary of the 1991 Kurdish uprising, in an announcement said, “The achievements, triumphs, purposes, and values of the uprising must be protected, strengthened and held in high esteem.”

While paying tributes to the proud families of the martyrs, the heroism of Peshmerga forces, all patriots, freedom fighters and all the people of Kurdistan, President Masoud Barzani described the 1991 uprising as “a new beginning and a new hope in the life of our nation.”

“The uprising was an extension of decades of struggle and the product of resistance, hard work and blood of the Kurdistan masses,” the statement read.

President Barzani continues and reiterates that, “The people's uprising against the oppressive and occupying institutions was a very clear message that despite the strength of the occupiers, the will to live proudly and freedom-seeking has always been in the hearts of the Kurdistani nation.”

He highlighted that the achievements of the 1991 uprising belong to the “Kurdistani nation and its future generations.” 

“On the occasion of the Kurdish people's uprising, we emphasize that the achievements, triumphs, purposes, and values of the uprising must be protected, strengthened and held in high esteem. They must not be forgotten or distorted under any circumstances and under any pressure.

The 1991 uprising 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.