News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan
According to a report from the Hawar News Agency and run in Özgür Gündem, a KDP official accompanied by a number of Perşmerge visited the Girêgevrê and Misrîk camps in the region of Sêmalka which were set up last month by the KRG to receive tens of thousands of civilians driven from Rojava by recent fighting. The official, named only as Bijar, told residents of the camp that if they did not vote for the KDP in the upcoming elections this September 21st that the camp would be attacked and no one allowed out. Displaced persons and migrants living in the KGR will be able to vote in upcoming elections based on a number of local statutes.
The official went on to attack the PKK and its sister party in the KRG, the PÇDK, as well as to accuse the wider Goran (opposition) movement of having ties to the Saddam regime. He is also said to have accused the Islamist Yergirtu Party of being a proxy of the AKP government in Ankara.
After the meeting produced an outcry in the camp another representative of the KDP, Cafer Elinki, organized a further meeting in which attempted to calm camp residents, while continuing to emphasize that a vote for the KDP would be the more “felicitous” choice.