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BBC: Kurdish new year; Israeli union ends general strike

Posted by uscsjp on March 21, 2007

An Iraqi Kurd lights a firework as he celebrates Nowruz

The festival of Nowruz is believed to have originated in Persia

Kurds are celebrating the festival of Nowruz, the Kurdish New Year, which marks the arrival of Spring. Although festivities were peaceful in northern Iraq, crowds clashed with police in south-eastern Turkey.

At least 70 people were arrested after scuffles and stone-throwing in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir.

In the past, the festival has turned violent in Turkey as it has become a platform for demanding increased political freedoms…

Despite laws banning rebel propaganda, many hoisted banners with images of Abdullah Ocalan above their heads as they sat on each other’s shoulders, their faces covered.

Others waved the flags of his banned separatist Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK, in the air. (continued)


A passenger stranded at Ben Gurion airport, Tel Aviv, during a November 2006 strike

Previous strikes have cost Israel tens of millions of dollars

Israel’s main trade union has called off a general strike that halted most international flights, closed banks and shut down many public services.

The powerful Histadrut union ended the eight-hour strike after signing a deal with the finance ministry to end a crisis over unpaid wages.

The union said about 3,500 workers had not been paid for months.

But the union said a deal had now been struck and workers would be paid “today or tomorrow”. (continued)


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