Posted on Medya News on 13 July 2011
(Translated from Libération, August 7, 1989)
Abdel Rahman Ghassemlou, murdered in Vienna on July 13th 1989, was in every way
an exceptional man, both as leader of one of the oldest and most deeply rooted
national liberation movements and in his personal magnetism – his
international influence, his rare if not unique ability to express the
traditions and the struggle of a thousand-year-old people in terms of the values
of the late 20th century: freedom, democracy, internationalism. But he was
little known to the public, and many will have learned simultaneously of his
existence and of his death.
Ghassemlou was not a man of shadows, nor surrounded by mystery. The Secretary
General of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan of Iran, war leader when necessary
but political leader above all, he saw himself as a man of contact and dialogue.
He was a passionate and tireless ambassador for this cause, who travelled all
over the world to make it better known. But he was happiest sharing mud hut with
his peshmergas at the bottom of some remote valley on the Iran-Iraq border,
where he was constantly on the move, taking his library with him.
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