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News, February 2011
Protests Break Out All Over Iraq Against Government, Demanding Employment, Services, Resignation of Officials
February 20, 2011
Five demonstrations in Baghdad, demanding services improvement:
2/19/2011 1:50 PM
Five demonstrations have taken place in different parts of the Iraqi
capital of Baghdad on Saturday, calling for the
improvement of public services, the preparation of the
government's "Rational Card," and the achievement of commitments given
by the officials, according to a security source.
Woman killed by gunman in Mosul
2/20/2011 6:21 PM
A woman was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in the city of Mosul
on Sunday, a security source said.
Hundreds demonstrate in west Iraq's Ramadi city, demanding Governor's resignation:
2/20/2011 2:27 PM
Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of west Iraq's Ramadi
city, the center of Anbar Province, on Sunday, demanding the resignation
of the Province's Governor and the accounting of corruptive elements in
the State offices, fighting financial and adminstrative corruption, an
2/20/2011 2:23 PM
Hundreds of demonstrators, most of them
university graduates and unemployed persons, took to the streets
of southern Iraq's Thi-Qar Province on Sunday, demanding employment
chances, according to a spokesman for the demonstrators.
Kurdish TV Channel burnt down while carrying reports on Sulaimaniya events
2/20/2011 10:56 AM
A group of armed men have attacked the office of the Kurdish (NRT)
Channel in northern Sulaimaniya, completely burning it and wounding one
of its guards, a security source said.
Sulaimaniya's clashes reach 14 injured, including policeman
2/20/2011 10:00 AM SULAIMANIYA / Aswat al-Iraq:
The number of wounded persons due to the clashes that took place in north Iraq's Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya on Saturday has reached 13 people injured, including a policeman, according to a statistic by the city's emergency hospital's director on Sunday. "Sulaimaniya's emergency hospital has received 13 demonstrators and a policeman, injured in clashes in the city during the demonstrations that took place on Saturday," Hawar Hassan Naqshabandy, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, giving no further details.
A source close to the demonstrators told Aswat al-Iraq early on Saturday that "thousands of demonstrators went to the streets in Kani Iskan and Saray districts in the city, clashing with the Kurdish Asayish (security) forces, adding that "eight persons have been injured during the clashes that led to the detention of a number of demonstrators."
The above developments took place at a time when Sulaimaniya citizens have been worried against possibility of the renewal of clashes and violence acts between the demonstrators and security forces.
Hundreds of demonstrators have gone to the streets of Sulaimaniya last Thursday, demanding the improvement of services and living conditions, fighting corruption and carrying out political reforms, that injured about 50 persons, including some who lost their lives, following clashes in front of the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the city, where the demonstrators were gathered.
Tension continued on Friday with the spread of security, police and Peshmerga (Kurdish armed men) to restore security and prevent the renewal of violence acts, whilst dozens of young people demonstrated in the city's Saray square, along with thousands of supportes of the opposition's Goran (Change) Movement, in front of its headquarters, in protest to the use of violence against the demonstrators, who demanded the trial of those who opened fire on them.
The demonstrations and violence acts have created fear among Kurdistan residents, along with their stretch to other areas, whilst three headquarters of the Goran Movement in Arab, Dohuk and Soran cities were attacked, burnt and plundered, but caused no casualties.
The Vice-Chairman of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Nichervan Barzani, had stated on Friday that the politbureaus of the KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the main ruling parties in Iraqi Kurdistan, have discussed the unification of their positions towards the incidents that took place in Sulaimaniya and to strive to avoid their extention to other areas in Kurdistan, reiterating the right of citizens to demonstrate, demanding reforms within the law.
Nichervan Barzani said that the KDP had received intelligence information about possibility for attacks against the Party's headquarters, adding that the security forces in Sulaimaniya were informed about that but he charged them with having "ignored the information."
Meanwhile, the President of north Iraq's Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barazani, had issued a statement, calling for the formation of a committee to investigate the said incidents and sending those who committed them to justice and calling on citizens and security bodies to carry out their duties to protect the headquarters of the parties and institutions in Region.
Barzani said that "enemies of Kurdistan people are continuing to creat a state of anarchy in the Region, reconfirming that "the Kurdistan people shall stand in the face of all attempts aimed to undermine the experience and achievements."
FT / SKH
2nd soldier killed by gunmen fire in Mosul Saturday
2/19/2011 7:02 PM
2/19/2011 12:02 PM
The sit-in demonstrators have ended their demonstration in Kut city,
the center of southern Iraq's Wassit Province on Saturday after they got
a commitment by the Province's Council Chairman, to implement their
demands, one of their sourrces told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
HEYET Condemned Barbaric Acts of Government Forces
Thursday, 17 February 2011 16:15
The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (HEYET) published a press statement pointing out the result of criminal acts of government in suppression of public protest meetings in Wasit Province. The attack of government forces who shot at the crowd led death of three citizens while wounded reached at 60 people.
In the statement HEYET stressed that the people have participated in the peaceful demonstrations demanding for the rights to be restored like social services, municipal services, electricity and so forth. Whereas government security forces attempted to suppress the peaceful crowd by reflecting their angers, emotions using barbarian tactics and shot at hundreds of people.
At the end of statement HEYET condemned such barbaric acts stressing the end of those criminals.
Protest Meeting in Wasit Province
Thursday, 17 February 2011 16:10
In Wasit province, dozens of Iraqis gathered in front of province assembly building demanding abolishment of local government and restoration of the rights that they demanded for. Local news sources narrated that the crowd demanded abolishment of local government, restoration of social services, put an end to financial and administrative corruption, judgement of corrupted officials and providing new fields for job opportunities.
Thousands of Iraqis Took street in Nassiriya
Thursday, 17 February 2011 15:34
Thousands of people took the streets in Nasiriya city of Dhi Qar Province in protest of lack of services, financial and administrative corruption in the region. The protestors also burnt the municipality building demanding to topple incompetent government.
Media sources confirmed the meeting saying: "Protestors set the municipality building of al Nasr 55 northern Nasiriya city on fire burning some rooms and material. Many army elements and rapid police forces were sent to the area for controlling the crowd. They have arrested dozens of protestors where many of them gathered in front of police directorate building for release of arrested people."
Protest Meeting in karbala
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 16:19
People took the street in Karbala demanding for rehabilitation of the rigths, freedom, lack of social services and job opportunities. Sanitarian Syndicates Muhammad Tufan made a press release to the sources saying the protestors gathered in front of province assembly for demanding their rights to be return mphasizing that they also affirm the public revolution in Egypt.
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