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Gorran holds USA responsible for violence in Iraqi Kurdistan  20.4.2011  







April 20, 2011

SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The major Kurdish opposition Gorran [Change] Movement said on Monday that the USA is responsible for the people’s blood in Sulaimaniyah and Erbil in Kurdistan. Change Movement pointed that the region’s authorities are dealing in a hysteric way with the protesters.

Change Movement MP Sardar Abdullah told Alsumarianews that the “movement holds USA and its embassy in Baghdad responsible for the violence acts that are taking place in the streets especially that US troops are deployed in Sulaimaniyah and Erbil.”

Sulaimaniyah Health Directorate said on Monday that 15 people were entered to hospitals the majority of whom are security forces. Meanwhile, demonstrations are still ongoing near Saray Square aka [Azady square] anti-riots police opened fire on the demonstrators and clashed with them, the reporter added.          

Sardar Abdullah, Iraqi MP from Gorran [Change] movement - Photo: Sbeyi.com
Dozens of Sulaimaniyah citizens demonstrated on Sunday in Sara square in the middle of Sulaimaniyah and clashed with security forces when they headed towards Asayish Directorate [Kurdish security and intelligence]. The security forces opened fire and wounded two demonstrators one of whom suffers from serious injuries.

“USA alleges that it supports democracy but in Kurdistan region it supports two regimes”, Abdullah uttered. “The unlimited support it grants to those two regimes would complicate the peaceful political movement the opposition is intending to make”, he added.

As to the way Security Forces are dealing with demonstrators in Kurdistan region, Change Movement MP said that the officials were acting hysterically on Monday,
www.ekurd.netthey claim while they attack protesters.

“Kurdistan citizens decided to protest and they not go back to their houses unless authority answers their demands and if it refuses to do so it would have to face the people’s insistence,” Gorran MP said.

Demonstrations in Sulaimaniyah city has entered their 63rd day today (Wednesday, April 20), 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, 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.

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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