- Title: Family devastated after Syrian Kurd's immolation outside UNHCR
- Date: 24th October 2019
- Summary: EXTERIOR OF KURDISTAN CENTRE GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (OCTOBER 24, 2019) (REUTERS) MEMBERS OF THE KURDISH DIASPORA DEMONSTRATING IN FRONT OF THE UNITED NATIONS, HOLDING FLAGS PROTESTERS STANDING BY BOARD READING (French): "KURDS ARE SETTING THEMSELVES ON FIRE, AND WHAT IS THE UNITED NATIONS DOING?" PROTESTER HOLDING SIGN READING (French): "KURDS ARE SETTING THEMSELVES ON FIRE, AND WHAT IS THE UNITED NATIONS DOING?" PKK FLAG (SOUNDBITE) (French) LEADER OF KURDISH DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY CENTRE IN SWITZERLAND, RAMAZAN BAYTAR, SAYING: "In principle, we do not praise pain and suffering. But, what happened to Mister Ali (Wezir), because of what is happening in Kurdistan, in Rojava, in Syria. He needed to express his pain and the suffering of his people by this act, which is extremely regrettable. We estimate that this act is a protest against the silence, the hypocrisy and the betrayal of the state powers and world powers." PROTEST IN PROGRESS PROTESTER HOLDING SIGN READING (French): "RESISTANCE IN ROJAVA HAS TRANSFORMED ITSELF INTO FIRE: ALI WEZIR"
- Embargoed: 7th November 2019 18:50
- Keywords: Syrian Kurd sets himself on fire Ali Wazir Kurds UN refugee crisis Kurdistan Syria
- Location: LAUSANNE AND GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- City: LAUSANNE AND GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- Country: Switzerland
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA005B2GKL6V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Relatives of Ali Wezir, a 32-year old Syrian Kurd who set himself on fire in front of the U.N. Refugee agency (UNHCR) in Geneva, said on Thursday (October 24) that the Turkish military operation in northern Syria launched at the beginning of October was the reason for his act.
A German resident for the past four years, the father of two boys aged 2 and 5, Syrian Kurd Ali Wezir set himself on fire on Wednesday (October 23) while visiting one of his brothers, Lazkin Wezir.
Members of the Kurdish diaspora gathered outside the UNHCR to stand in solidarity with Wezir and to denounce the U.N.'s silence and failure to act.
Wezir is currently receiving treatment at the specialised burns unit at the university hospital in Lausanne, Geneva police spokesman Silvain Guillaume-Gentil said on Wednesday.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) accused Turkey on Thursday of launching a large land offensive targeting three villages in northeast Syria despite a truce. Turkey's military operation was widely condemned by its NATO allies, which said it was causing a fresh humanitarian crisis in Syria's eight-year conflict and could let Islamic State prisoners held by the YPG escape and regroup.
(Production: Marina Depetris, Louisa Naks)
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