®
Home - Advertise - About - E-mail

 Daily Online News - Independent daily Newspaper  Add URL | Link to us

 Flights to Kurdistan

 Ekurd.net RSS Feed News Archive Today in the History  

Download

 Kurdish Music Box



IKB Travel & Tours Ltd. Youshouldtravel.com
Direct Flights from London to Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan-Iraq

 


 

Custom Search over 70,000 pages on Ekurd.net

 

 Looters hit Kurdish opposition offices in Iraqi Kurdistan demos

 News    
  Kurd Net does not take credit for and is not responsible for the content of news information on this page

 


Looters hit Kurdish opposition offices in Iraqi Kurdistan demos  18.2.2011  






February 18, 2011

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — A Kurdish regional opposition's offices were targeted by looters, officials said on Friday, after Iraq's most violent protests since uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia left three dead in two days.

Rallies against corruption, poor basic services and high unemployment in several cities across Iraq have also left 2 killed and more than 100 people wounded.

The rare demonstrations in the autonomous Kurdistan region were the deadliest since the 2003 US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

Iraqi and Kurdish leaders have pledged to bring the perpetrators of the violence to justice. They have also attempted to head off the protests by slashing the salaries of ministers and MPs and diverting cash earmarked for the purchase of fighter jets to buy food for the needy.


On Friday, officials said looters had targeted seven offices belonging to the Gorran opposition party in the Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan region, and Duhok in response to violent protests a day earlier in the region's second city of Sulaimaniyah against the main ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

Gorran has denied any involvement in Thursday's demonstration, which left two dead, men aged 18 and 25, and 54 people wounded, according to provincial health chief Raykot Hama Rashid, when security forces fired into the air to disperse crowds.

By midday on Friday, an AFP journalist and Erbil province's governor said Kurdish security forces had evicted the looters from the Gorran offices and party officials, who accused KDP loyalists of involvement in the attacks,
www.ekurd.netsaid they would return to the sites once the situation had calmed.

For decades, the KDP of regional president Massoud Barzani and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan of Iraq's President Jalal Talabani have lorded over the region,
       

The Kurdish regional opposition's headquarters in Erbil and Duhok were targeted by looters and set on fire. Photo: hawlati.co


Iraqi Kurdish anti-government protesters march in the city of Sulaimaniyah. A Kurdish regional opposition's offices have been targeted by looters, according to officials, after Iraq's most violent protests since uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia left three dead in two days. Photo:  AFP/GETTY
comprised of three provinces, with Gorran only emerging in 2009 as a credible opposition.

In a statement published late Thursday, Barzani blamed the violence on "a very small group of people ... determined to undermine the stability of the region and detract from the significant economic, social and political progress it has made over the last decade."

Thursday's deaths followed violent demonstrations a day earlier in the southern city of Kut where one person was killed and 47 others wounded, with the latest violence prompting New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch to call for "an independent and transparent investigation".

Gorran enjoys wide support in Kurdistan region. It's emerged in regional elections in 2009 as a rival to the two main ruling Kurdish parties and won 25 seats in the parliament. Gorran is challenging Talabani's PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan), and the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party), of regional president Massoud Barzani and accuses the parties of corruption.

Gorran headed by the former senior PUK-leader Nawshirwan Mustafa, who was Talabani’s deputy until 2007. Since the July 2009 elections in which it secured almost a third of the seats of 111-member Parliament of Kurdistan.

  

Copyright ©, respective author or news agency, AFP | ekurd.net   

Top

  Kurd Net does not take credit for and is not responsible for the content of news information on this page

 
 

Copyright © 1998-2014 Kurd Net® . All rights reserved. Ekurd.net
All documents and images on this website are copyrighted and may not be used without the express
permission of the copyright holder.