Seyid Riza

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Seyid Riza, (in Zazaki: Sey Rıza, in Kurmanji: "Seyîd Riza") was born in 1863 in the village Lirtik that is bound to the city Dersim. His father's name was Seyid Ibrahim from the Hesenan tribe.He was a leader of the ZazasAltan Tan, Kürt sorunu, Timas Basim Ticaret San As, 2009, ISBN 9789752638846, p. 28. and a leader of the Kurdish movementCelal Sayan, La construction de l'état national turc et le mouvement national kurde, 1918-1938, Volume 1, 2002, Presses universitaires du septentrion, p. 680. in Turkey during the 1937-1938 Dersim Rebellion. In explaining the reason for the Kurdish rebellion to the British foreign secretary Anthony Eden he said the following:McDowall, David. A Modern History of the Kurds, page 208. I.B. Tauris, 2004.The government has tried to assimilate the Kurdish people for years, oppressing them, banning publications in Kurdish, persecuting those who speak Kurdish, forcibly deporting people from fertile parts of Kurdistan for uncultivated areas of Anatolia where many have perished. The prisons are full of non-combatants, intellectuals are shot, hanged or exiled to remote places. Three million Kurds, demand to live in freedom and peace in their own country.</blockquote>

He was captured on 5 September 1937 and was hanged.


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