Wednesday, 20th February , 2008 , 02:15 [am] | Azerbaijan
International Mother Language Day and Iranian security forces violence in Azerbaijan
21st of February will be a tough day for Southern Azerbaijanis who want to demonstrate for their right to having their mother tongue free for their daily life.
It is more than 80 years that Iranian Fars authority has banned other nationalities language, such as Turks (majority in Iran), Arabs, Baluchs, Turkmens and Kurds. Every year in 21st of February all nationalities celebrate the International Mother Language Day named by UNESCO. But as before, of the day of celebration Iranian police will ride on the crowed and will arrest many.
Regarding news from Southern Azerbaijan, preparations for the 21st of February are continuing widely compare to last year. Also thousands of flyers been spread in Azerbaijan’s major cities. Capital Tebriz has been well prepared and the time for demonstration been set. The celebration been backed by some local officials and intellectuals.
Urmu, Erdebil, Zengan, Qezvin, Qum, Tehran, Enzeli, Sulduz, Soyug bulag (Mahabad), Astara, Hemedan and all Turkish populated regions are ready to the International Mother Language Day., Voice of a Nation