Attack on Zekî Şengalî

Nieuws, gepost door: nn op 17/08/2018 08:01:13

Wanneer: 17/08/2018 - 12:20

Following the fatal attack on Zekî Şengalî, a member of the Shengal Yazidi Society Coordination and KCK Executive Council on Wednesday, countless people in Southern Kurdistan took to the streets to protest the Turkish state's attacks

No to panturkish facism!

Following the fatal attack on Zekî Şengalî, a member of the Shengal Yazidi Society Coordination and KCK Executive Council on Wednesday, countless people in Southern Kurdistan took to the streets to protest the Turkish state's attacks.

In Sinune, several thousand people gathered outside the Democratic Autonomy Council in the early afternoon and marched through the city in protest. In addition to representatives of political parties and various NGOs, well-known personalities and religious leaders from the region took part in the demonstration. Repeated slogans such as "Martyrs are immortal" and "Down with the betrayal" were chanted.

At a final rally, Riham Hiço, co-chair of the Sinune Democratic Autonomy Council, made a statement which said: "It is well known that in August 2014, the Islamic State perpetrated a genocide on the Yazidi population in front of the entire world. Today, this genocide has repeated itself. Turkey carried out air raid on 15 August as a continuation of the genocides suffered by the Yazidis. Since the beginning of the history of the Turkish state, the Yazidis have been persecuted. And today this persecution continues."

Hiço called on the Iraqi government to clarify the deadly attack on Zekî Şengalî. He recalled that the attack occurred in an area under the sovereignty of Baghdad, so the central government was obliged to take a stand for the Yazidi population.

Appeal to international organizations

The Democratic Autonomy Council demanded that the United Nations and international non-governmental organizations to take stance and not to remain silent on the attacks on Yazidis.

Also in Silêmanî, Hewler, Ranya and Germiyan protests against the Turkish occupation policy and attacks on the Yazidi population took place. In demonstrations calls were highlighted to block the airspace over Shengal for Turkish aircraft.

The fatal attack on Zekî Şengalî on the fourth anniversary of the Kocho massacre occurred on the way back from a commemoration ceremony in the village. The village, which had about 1,700 inhabitants, and where 300 Yazidi families used to live, was attacked by the terrorist militia "IS" on 15 August 2014. When the residents refused to convert to Islam, 380 men and teenagers were massacred at once. 694 women and children were kidnapped and exploited as sex slaves or trained to be child soldiers.

One day before the deadly attack on Mam Zekî, Turkish President Erdoğan and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met for talks in Ankara.


Zeki Sengalî (Ismail Ozden), or Mam (Uncle) Zeki of the Yazidis as everybody knew him, was martyred on 15 August in Shengal, following a calculated attack launched by Turkish warplanes following a commemoration of the Yazidis massacred in Kocho village on 15 August 2014.

Zeki Sengalî was born in 1952 in the village of Şimzê, which belongs to the Qubîn (Beşiri) district of Batman province in North Kurdistan. He completed his primary education in the village, dropping out of school before finishing secondary education.

He remained in the village until he was 17 years old, because of the pressures on the repressive society and because he did not want to break away from the life and mountains in the countryside.

His older brothers in Germany invited Zeki Sengalî to Germany in 1969 when he was 17 years old. In fact, he did not want to leave his country and go to Europe. But, after the insistence of his brothers, he accepted.

He first went to Istanbul with his brother, then to Celle, Germany. Celle is a town where the Yazidi community had established itself.

Sengalî started to work in Celle among the Yazidi society. In 1978, he met with the PKK sympathizers, then read the PKK foundation manifesto, the Road to Kurdish Revolution.

Sengalî got so taken by the new Party manifesto that he joined the Newroz celebration in Hannover University in the same year.

At this point, Zeki Sengalî started propaganda activities within the factory he was working in while on the other hand working with a group of Yazidi friends.

Together with this group of Yazidi friends, Zeki Sengalî established Komeleya Karkerên Welatparêzên Kurdistanê (Kurdistan Patriotic Workers Association) in Celle in 1981.

Sengalî became the founding president of the association.

Zeki Sengalî took on legal responsibilities by participating in the preparation and publishing of Serxwebûn magazine in late 1981.

Zeki Sengalî first traveled from Europe to the guerrilla zones in 1983. But two years later, in 1985, he went to the guerrilla areas again and met with Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Ocalan.

It is after this visit, that he decided to fully join the Kurdistan Freedom Movement. By 1987, he was officially in the ranks of the Kurdistan Freedom Movement.

Only two years after Sengalî had joined the Movement, his son Sîpan went to the mountains of Kurdistan and took his place in the guerrilla ranks in 1989.

In 1992, Sîpan fell a martyr during clashes in Mardin.

Zeki Sengalî went back to the mountains of Kurdistan in 1993 and fulfilled the assigned tasks with great responsibility and seriousness.

As Sengalî knew the work in Europe well, the party decided to send him back to the Old Continent.

Sengalî continued his work until Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan was surrendered to Turkey as a result of the international conspiracy.

After the capture of Leader Öcalan, Sengalî returned once again to the mountains of Kurdistan he loved.

Sengalî worked hard at many levels for 19 years. He always conferred great importance to the Kurdish National Congress and the Kurdish national unity and undertook the tasks without hesitation.

After the Shengal Massacre on 3 August 2014, Sengalî went to this area and worked tirelessly for the establishment of the Free Yazidi Land.

A member of the Yazidi Society Coordination and KCK Executive Council, Şengali worked for the Yazidi community and the Kurdish freedom struggle until the day before being assassinated by the Turkish state, during airstrikes on Shengal on August 15, 2018.



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