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 Unlicensed demos banned in Sulaimaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan, as of Tuesday

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Unlicensed demos banned in Sulaimaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan, as of Tuesday  19.4.2011  







April 19, 2011

SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', —  After 62 days of protests, the Governorate of north Iraq’s Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah has banned unlicensed demonstrations in the city, as from Tuesday morning, the Province’s security committee said in a statement.

“The Security Committee of Sulaimaniyah Province has decided to ban any unlicensed demonstration in the Province as from Tuesday morning,” the statement pointed out, warning “any person who shares in such demonstrations with detention and trial.”

The Director of Sulaimaniyah’s Emergency Hospital, Dr. Hawar Naqshabandi has told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Monday that the number of victims of clashes between demonstrators and police forces in the city had reached 18 wounded, including 8 policemen.”

“Three of the victims had been victims of fire shots, whilst other injuries were caused by suffocation caused by tear-gases and stoning,” Dr. Naqshabandi said. 

At least 81 people were wounded, nine by live fire, in clashes between protesters and security forces in the city of Sulaimaniyah Monday AFP reported.

In the regional capital Erbil, dozens of students tried to rally near a university but were attacked by security forces,
www.ekurd.neta Kurdish lawmaker told Reuters.

Demonstrations in Sulaimaniyah [Sl
êmani] city has entered their 62nd day today (Tuesday, April 19), 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.        

Clashes between protesters and Kurdish security forces in Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan region of Iraq. April 18, 2011. Photo credit: Saman Majeed.


Hundreds protest daily against Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani and Kurdistan regional government KRG in Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan region of Iraq. Monday, April 18, 2011. Photo credit: Saman Majeed.
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, along 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.

Massoud Barzani and his relatives control a large number of commercial enterprises in Kurdistan-Iraq, with a gross value of several billion US dollars. The family is routinely accused of corruption and nepotism by Kurdish media as well as international observers. 

Iraq's Kurdish regional government has near total autonomy and is funded by a share of the country's oil revenue. The two parties that share power each command former guerrilla militias that have been given the status of regional security forces.

Earlier Massoud Barzani told an Italian newspaper that if 50,000 Kurdistan citizens require him to step down, he will. Afterwards, the opposition parties led a signature campaign and reportedly collected even more votes to oust the president. However, the fate of those signatures is still unclear

Rights group Amnesty International said last week that security forces had used excessive force against peaceful protesters in Iraq.

Iraqi Kurdistan's regional government has near autonomy and is funded by a share of the country's oil revenue. The two parties that share power each command former guerrilla militias that have been given the status of regional security forces.

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