Security personnel from an Assyrian anti-ISIS demo in front of the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles attempted to kick out Kurdish protestors and their allies for holding a “Free Kurdistan” sign on Saturday, August 2nd.
The people holding the anti-Kurdish banner seen above, which reads “Stop Kurdish occupation of Nineveh,” argued that the Kurdish people are trying to assert control of Nineveh people, but the reality is much different. Peshmerga forces are protecting the area, especially the periphery, and fighting ISIS, defending Christian and Kurdish people, many of whom have fled to the autonomous region of Kurdistan to avoid the same type of oppression that this protest was fighting against.
In defense of the overall protest, some people argued for the right of the Kurdish people to be there. It can only be assumed that racism and paranoia of recent Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish unity – as a perceived threat to their territory and identity – was their reasoning.
In this video, a member of the security team reports the Kurdish protestors and their allies to Homeland Security when they refused to leave: