The people of Sinjar (Shengal) took to the streets there to protest against the latest attacks by Turkish warplanes, which killed ten people in the town on 16 and 17 August.
Representatives of various institutions and thousands of Sinjar residents participated in the march organised by Sinjar Democratic Autonomous Administration.
Residents marched carrying a banner which said, “We will establish the Autonomous Administration”. They protested against Turkey’s attacks in which ten people died, and also against the Iraqi Government and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for remaining silent about the attacks.
Local politician Azad Hîsen spoke on behalf of the demonstrators at the scene of the attack. He said that the aim of the attacks was to drive the Yazidi people away from the region.
“They are against the Yazidis’ culture, language and very existence,” he said. “We, as Yazidis, Arabs and Shia peoples, will continue to resist the attacks, we will establish our autonomous administration.”
Calling attention to the silence of the Iraqi government, Hîsen said that the Iraqi government, which is responsible for protecting Iraqi territory, should respond to Turkey’s attacks.