By: Shwan Zulal
In another development today in Maidani Azadi, Slemani, there were a report of disturbance and stabbings and eyewitnesses reported that a group of youngsters have intentionally tried to disturb peace in the square. As a result, a knife fight broke out and so far, there are no known casualties. The current efforts by government loyalists are very similar to those seen in Egypt charging on horsebacks and it is know how those efforts have failed to quell the demonstrations.
Speaking to my father today about the situation in Kurdistan he reminded me of the events, which took place in 1959 where the nation was divided, and very similar scenes were taking place in Newroz that year. The disputed parties were the Iraqi communist party and KDP and the mood was very similar.
Newroz celebrations took place in two different areas, two different flags and two sets of supporters, only this year there were three disputed sides and different kind of demands. It is time for the Kurdish public to realise that the era of tribal politics is over and if we carry on with the same politics, the future does not look bright. What the public has to realise, today's politics is more about public services and people's well-being rather than personalities and ideology.