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British consul in Kurdistan shocked from raiding independent TV channel  16.3.2011  




March 16, 2011

SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — British Consul in Kurdistan expressed on Tuesday his country’s shock over attacking and burning Nalia satellite channel in Sulaimaniyah, urging the regional government to start an investigation into the incident.

“The British government was shocked by raiding and burning Nalia channel in Sulaimaniyah and it believes that the local government has to investigate the incident and bring perpetrators to justice,” Chris Power told reporters.

Thirty masked gunmen raided Nalia, Kurdistan's first independent Kurdish TV station, on 20 February, to prevent it from covering the unrest in Sulaimaniyah.

The owner of the station, Shaswar Abdulwahid, says that he had received a number of threats from senior politicians in the city and was asked to stop broadcasting.

Nalia had only started broadcasting on 17 February, the day          

Thirty masked gunmen raided Nalia, Kurdistan's first independent Kurdish TV station, on 20 February, to prevent it from covering the unrest in Sulaimaniyah.

that security guards opened fire on a crowd of protesters in Sulaimaniyah, killing at least one person and wounding more than 33 others.

For the past several weeks, thousands of protesters are gathering daily in Sulaimaniyah and other parts of Kurdistan against corruption and the lording over Kurdistan region by two main parties KDP and PUK.  Kurdish protestors demand the ouster of the local Kurdistan government KRG, calling for improving services and living conditions and fighting corruption.

Most of the demonstrators opposed Massoud Barzani, and the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP. Seven people were killed and more than 200 others wounded and 220 more have been arrested in clashes between demonstrators and Kurdish security forces during a wave or protests that swept Sulaimaniyah.

The protesters demand the Kurdish government and parliament resign to give way for “early transparent elections”. They complain about “monopolizing the economic and political authority,” by the two major parties of Kurdistan. Many observe allegiance to either of the two ruling patties a must to get employed and hence were deprived of the right. Kurdistan suffers from electric power deficiency but after almost 20 years of semi autonomy.

The demonstrators have expressed dissatisfaction for ignoring their demands to try persons, who they said had been behind killing and wounding a number of demonstrators,
www.ekurd.netalong with having failed to take practical steps to achieve political reforms and putting an end for corruption.

Several people have lost their lives in similar protests against the Kurdistan regional government in recent weeks.

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

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