People of Shengal start resistance vigil

The people of Shengal launched a resistance vigil on Mount Shengal to protect their gains and to denounce the "purge plan".

The Yazidi population in Shengal is once again to be disarmed and rendered defenseless. Today is the deadline for the Iraqi government under Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to disband the Yazidi security forces (Asayîşa Êzîdxanê) in Shengal.

The Shengal Democratic Autonomous Council (Meclîsa Xweseriya Demokratîk a Şengalê, MXDŞ) announced last week that it would resist this and not accept the agreement reached between Baghdad and the Barzani Party, KDP. The Council stated that they had made efforts to reach a solution through dialogue and that they will resist if their will is not recognized and the pressure increases. The Council called on the people to protect the gains.

In the wake of the latest developments, institutions and organizations affiliated to the Shengal Democratic Autonomous Council including religious opinion leaders and notables of Shengal decided to resist the "purge plan".

The people of Shengal have today launched a vigil in the Çilmêra area near Mount Shengal. The local people are coming to the action area to support the vigil.