Barzani's KDP urges Kurdistan Islamic
Union KIU end media war
December 6, 2011
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Kurdistan Democratic
Party KDP led by Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President
Massoud Barzani, expects the Kurdistan Islamic Union
KIU end the media war it has instigated against KDP,
a statement said.
Tensions between the KDP (a ruling party in
Kurdistan) and the KIU in the opposition broke out
Friday when 30 liquor shops, four massage centers
and four hotels in Zakho (Duhok governorate) as well
as five officers of the Islamic party were set
On Friday crowds of rioters attacked the shops,
hotels and centers, owned mainly by Christians,
following the advice of a preacher who KDP thought
to be a KIU supporter and instigator of the riot.
The anti-rioters in retaliations burnt down the
offices of KIU. Soon Salahaddin Mohammed Bahaddin,
head of KIU, claimed that the cleric was "a KDP
A statement issued by the KDP Cultural and Media
Foundation read that KDP expects KIU "to restore its
sense of political responsibility for the entire
achievements of Kurdistan and a freedom and
democracy, which has been created by blood of
thousands of martyrs and struggle of Kurdistan
public, and which everyone enjoys."
KPD politburo issued a statement earlier demanding
KIU to apologize for accusing KPD and to end the
media war against KDP soon.
The statement by KPD Cultural and Media Foundation
said since the unrest swept through Duhok the
"extremism of the KIU media is mounting and takes a
role which is quite different from the party's
claims for a moderate reform which KIU also
identifies itself with."
The statement added in the past few days "despite
the fact that we could, with evidence, lead our
media in the same direction against KIU,www.ekurd.net
but we complied with the essence of the statements
by president of the region and out politburo."
Soon after the riots KDP leader, Mr. Barzani issued
a statement, urging the parties and the public to
protect the coexistence and religious tolerance in
Kurdistan. He also met with the public of Zakho. The
riots seem to have been over.
By Karzan Kanabi
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