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Attacks on MPs and Journalists continues in Iraqi Kurdistan Region  18.4.2011
By Shwan Zulal - ekurd.net



April 18, 2011

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Violent clashes between the protesters and security forces are continuing and today students from Salahaddin University in Erbil and others in the centre of the capital have started demonstrating. The demonstrations were quelled, as soon as they started because KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) security forces subjected the protesters to knife attacks and beatings by batons, said Awena newspaper.

There are many reports of violations against protesters, students, journalists and opposition MP's. It has been reported that plain cloth security personnel in centre of Erbil have beaten an MP. Lvinepress have been reporting that opposition Gorran,
www.ekurd.netIraqi MP, Muhamad Kyani [Mohammad Kayani] have been beaten in Erbil while trying to take part in a peaceful protest in Erbil, and it has been reported that he has suffered from minor injuries.

At least one journalist has been reported missing and many more been subject of beatings by the authorities. Hawlati newspaper have reported that Rasul Hussain, editor-in-chief of Samal magazine have been kidnapped by a number of unidentified people driving a car without registration number. Theses repeated attacks on journalists have been occurring on a daily bases in Kurdistan and Amnesty in Intentional and Reporters Without Borders have also reported the violation and condemned it.

Gorran, the largest opposition parties, claimed today that five of their MP's have been shot at while they were responding to a call by another Goran MP whom his house have been surrounded by unknown armed men in Erbil. The identity of the gunmen is not known and none of he MPs were injured in the incident.
     

Shwan Zulal is a Kurdish Blogger, a regular contributing writer for ekurd.net, interested in political and legal Reform in Kurdistan, KRG, Iraq and current Kurdish affairs, including oil exploration companies and relevant legislations. You may visit Zulal's website at http://kurdishviews.blogspot.com/                   


Violent clashes between the protesters and security forces are continuing and today students from Salahaddin University in Erbil, Monday April 18, 2011.


Iraqi Kurdistan MP, Muhamad Kyani have been beaten in Erbil while trying to take part in a peaceful protest in Erbil. April 18, 2011. Photo: Lvinpress.com

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