The 18th Kurdish Peace and Culture Festival in Toronto, Canada was celebrated with great enthusiasm this year. Thousands of people from Kurdistan and their friends, as well as Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Hişyar Özsoy, writer Chro Zand, Tamil Center cultural group, musicians, artists from Europe, Rotinda and Serhado attended the festival held at Earlscourt Park. .
Participants showed great interest in Kurdish food and clothing.
THE AUGUST 15 INITIATIVE RENTED
The festival began with a minute of silence for the martyrs of the Kurdish freedom struggle. After the Çarxa Şoreşê anthem, the co-presidents of the Kurdish Democratic Community Assembly of Toronto gave speeches and declared: “The Kurdistan Liberation Forces have started the first fire to end the genocide against the Kurds in centuries . With the August 15 Initiative, guerrilla warfare, an important pillar of a struggle for freedom, began in Eruh under the leadership of Commander Egid. A guerrilla group that entered the district from Çırav Mountain dealt the first blow to the colonial powers.
“KURDISH HATE CAUSED THE COLLAPSE”
Speaking afterwards, Hişyar Özsoy of the HDP highlighted the economic collapse and said that the foreign and domestic policies of the AKP-MHP government had led the country to collapse.
“After Erdogan attacked the Kurds, the country faced a huge collapse. Today, the economic crisis is hitting the country and political stability cannot be maintained. Diplomatic problems have arisen due to the nationalist and anti-Kurdish alliance established by Erdogan and Bahçeli.
We are currently facing a government that seeks to destroy the gains of the Kurds in Southern Kurdistan, Rojava, Turkey, Europe and even in Canada.
What happened after the Turkish government resorted to cruelty, torture, savagery? Could they bring the HDP to its knees? Nope! Do you think these people will stop fighting? They’ve closed six parties in the last thirty years. The HDP emblem is a tree. Even if you cut its branches, it continues to grow stronger. We are the representatives of struggles that have been going on for 100 years in Turkey and Kurdistan. It is a struggle for honor that has been going on for 100 years, from Sheikh Said and Seyit Rıza to today,” Özsoy said.
Author Chro Zand spoke about her book titled “Memory of a Kurdish Hero’s Daughter”, in which she wrote her father’s biography. An official from the Tamil Center Cultural Group, discussed the common destiny of oppressed peoples and the history of struggles. Afterwards, the Tamil Center Cultural Group performed their traditional music.
Koma Artos, local Kurdish artists Azad, Rıdvan, Sidar, Mehmet Ali, Aydın, Rotinda and Serhado took the stage. Nearly 10,000 Kurds performed traditional Kurdish dances and sang songs together. The festival lasted 9 hours with enthusiasm.
The festival concluded with the slogans “Bijî Serok Apo” (Long live Öcalan) and “Bijî Berxwedana Kurd” (Long live the Kurdish Resistance).