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Kurdish superstar’s nightmare takedown

For a moment, Kurdish singer Sivan Perwer wondered if his driver haddriven onto a movie set when half a dozen provincial police cruiserssurrounded his black Hummer.

For a moment, Kurdish singer Sivan Perwer wondered if his driver had driven onto a movie set when half a dozen provincial police cruisers surrounded his black Hummer.

Perwer, a superstar in the Kurdish community, was on his way to a concert Sunday. Some people in the SUV were filming some countryside for Perwer’s TV show.

Then at about 8:30 p.m, an OPP cruiser sped up beside the group on Highway 427, just north of the Queens-way. Armed officers pulled Perwer and his entourage out of the car, then handcuffed them, he said.

“They took us under fire. And wouldn’t let us talk. They yelled, ‘Stop talking or I take you down or I kill you,’” he said. “We were afraid to make mistakes and they shoot us.”

A motorist had called police after catching a glimpse of a long-lens camera through the Hummer’s windows. To the motorist, it looked like a gun, said OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford.

For Perwer, who sings about peace, the incident was more than an innocent mistake. “I’m really in shock still. Still I have pain in my arm,” he said.

 
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