Resistance and solidarity
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the Kaaitheater and the BRussells Tribunal are organising a discussion between the Iraqi writer and journalist Haifa Zangana and the lawyer Sabah Al Mukhtar. The topic is not only the atrocities that took place under the occupation and are still going on, but also the mass protests that have been taking place since the Arab Spring and which appear to have reached a climax at the start of this year (though they are not covered by our media). The host is Lieven De Cauter, for the last time in his role as chairman of the BRussells Tribunal, which at the time set up a ‘Russell Tribunal’ against the illegal invasion. The moderator is Werner Trio.
A musical intermezzo by the qanun player Osama Abdulrasol will be followed by the presentation of the BRussells Awards for Resistance and Solidarity: the award for Resistance goes to Uday al Zaidi, one of the leaders of the Arab spring in Iraq, and the award for Solidarity goes to Ayse Berktay, co-founder of the World Tribunal of Iraq, since a year and a half imprisoned in Turkey. The event is rounded off with a reception.