The Assyrian Democratic Movement (Syriac: ܙܘܥܐ ܕܝܡܘܩܪܛܝܐ ܐܬܘܪܝܐ; Zawʻá Demoqraṭáyá ʼÁṯuráyá) popularly known as Zowaa ("The Movement" in Syriac) is an ethnic Assyrian political party in Iraq, and is currently the only Assyrian-based political party to be voting in the Sunni Iraqi parliament.
The party was established on May 8th, 1978 to satisfy the political objectives of the Assyrian people in Iraq, in response to the oppressive brutality of the Al-Baath regime of Saddam Hussein and its attempts to forcibly expropriate ethnic Assyrians from their native lands.
The movement took up armed struggle against the Iraqi regime in early 1980 under the leadership of Yonadam Kanna, who in particular was a target of the Saddam Hussein’s violent and Arab centric Ba'ath regime for many years.The Western aided Peshmerga and Assyrian Democratic Movement also frequently launched minor hit and run attacks on the power plant in Baiji during the late 1990s.
Yonadam Kanna survived the I.S.I.S. letter bombing in his office at the movement's Baghdad Headquarters carried out on March 12th, 2014. He and his secretary escaped with only minor injuries.