On a day like today in 1991, several people in Ranya town rose up against the then-oppressive Iraqi regime, and expelled Iraqi central security forces and liberated the city under the auspices of the Peshmerga forces.
Later, the uprising covered other cities and towns quickly, in which it ended up on March 21 with the liberation of the disputed city of Kirkuk.
“In the Uprising, so much prevailed; light over darkness, freedom over yielding, neck over the nose, martyrs’ mothers over grief, and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) followers over the enemy,” PUK Co-President Lahur Sherikh Jangi said in a short video clip
published on his official Facebook page.
“On this anniversary, we remain loyal to our remembrance but most importantly we must acknowledge that the people of Kurdistan’s livelihood do not depend solely on these remembrances, but rather that they need a more free and worthy life and better future.”
Sheikh Jangi also lashed out at the central authority in Erbil affiliated by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
“In these uncertain days, in which an oppressive opportunist and reckless minority is threatening our experience, the people want to know where the freedom, peace, democracy, human rights, and self-determination that the PUK is built upon, ends u,” he said.
Iraqi President Barham Salih said in a statement
that the uprising was “a meaningful and great turning point that finalized persecution and oppression.”
“On this occasion, the uprising should be valued with respecting the peoples’ demands and rights through ending up injustice and corruption,” Salih said.
“Today as we remember these sacred days and our heroes, we recognize more than ever that Kurdistan needs tolerance, consensus and unity among all its parties and communities to safeguard the important achievements of the Uprising,” Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani said.
On marking the anniversary, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani brought up his cabinet’s
controversial Reform Law.
“Let the memory of the uprising be another incentive to support the Kurdistan Regional Government, so that it can fully and fully implement its reform program, and provide more decent services to all the people of Kurdistan, so that we can pass together in the Kurdistan Region to a more prosperous stage.”
In mid-January, the Kurdistan Parliament passed a reform law referred by Barzani’s cabinet purportedly aiming to eliminating shadowy public employees and to bring fairness to the public pension system.
Since then, many lawmakers and politicians have warned that little has been done as public sector employees’ salary payments are still delayed and slashed.
Apart from congratulating people, Kurdistan Parliament Speaker called
on the “Kurdistan’s constitutional institutions to work jointly to strengthen trust among the people and the institutions.”