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KRG condemns violence as Kurdistan
President orders investigation
February 18, 2011
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — On Thursday February 17,
the Kurdistan Democratic Party's (KDP) headquarters
in Sulaimaniyah was attacked resulting in one death
and several injuries. The incident has been widely
condemned in Kurdistan and President Massoud Barzani
has called for an investigation and for the
perpetrators to be brought to justice.
The attack on the KDP's headquarters was by a group
of people who had earlier been part of a peaceful
demonstration by several political parties in
support of the people of Tunisia and Egypt.
The right to demonstrate is respected in the
Kurdistan Region as an integral part of a democratic
society. The demonstration had been permitted by the
local authorities in Sulaimaniyah and the protesters
had peacefully followed a designated route.
Once the demonstration had ended,
some protesters diverted
from the agreed route and marched on the KDP's
headquarters, throwing stones and firing bullets at
the building. The incident resulted in one person
being killed and more than 40 being injured, with
the injuries ranging from minor to serious. Both
civilians and police officers are among those hurt.
Following this incident, unknown assailants
attempted to set fire to the office of Gorran
(Change party) in Erbil. The Governor of Erbil
Newzad Hadi arrived at the scene and with the help
of the emergency services and security forces
quickly had the situation under control. No
incidents have taken place in Dohuk.
On the order of President Barzani, the Kurdistan
Regional Government will form a committee to
investigate these events so the perpetrators can be
brought to justice. He has urged the people of
Kurdistan to remain united and to maintain the
stability of the region.
The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Council of
Ministers also issued a statement condemning the
violence. The KRG reiterates the right to protest is
the democratic right of every citizen,www.ekurd.netbut
sees no useful outcome from the use of violence and
the disturbance of public peace. Several political
parties have also spoken out against the violence.
The KRG and the security agencies have asked
everyone to remain calm and to keep the peace.
Additional security has been placed at the offices
and headquarters of all Kurdistani political
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