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 Kurdistan opposition group preparing to commemorate last year’s Anti-KRG protests

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Kurdistan opposition group preparing to commemorate last year’s Anti-KRG protests  15.2.2012 

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Since last February, till middle April 2011, thousands of protesters gathered daily in Sulaimaniyah and other parts of Kurdistan against corruption and the lording over Iraq's Kurdistan region by two main parties KDP and PUK. Kurdish protestors demand the ouster of the local Kurdistan government KRG and president Massoud Barzani, calling for improving services and living conditions and fighting corruption. Photo: Sbeyi.com See Related Links
February 15, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Kurdistan Region’s largest opposition party, Gorran, is planning to commemorate last year’s Sulaimaniyah protests that lasted for about two months and claimed 10 lives in the clashes between protesters and security forces.

Group’s Erbil official Salah Mazin says they have plans for a “peaceful and away from violence” ceremony in Erbil, the capital for the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, to mark February 17, the start date of the protests.

Mazin said the ceremonies will start on Thursday but did not disclose the place. Asked if the commemoration encompassed a rally, Mazin said “we have not intention of organizing demonstrations, but if the people started to protest, then we will not keep silent and will act”

Opposition forces put heavy weight behind the February protests last year before the protesters were finally dispersed from the Azadi Square in Sulaimaniyah by force.

The protesters called for political reforms, end to corruption and improved living conditions. The opposition forces,
www.ekurd.net meanwhile, called for a complete government reformation after the protests turned violent. They said the government had no legitimacy for shedding the blood of the protesters.

Since February 2011, till middle April 2011, thousands of protesters gathered 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. 

After 62 days of protests, the Governorate of of Sulaimaniyah has banned unlicensed demonstrations in the city. Heavy Kurdish forces deployed in Sulaimaniyah city to prevent any demonstrations, and occupied the city center and other parts of Sulaimaniyah. The Security Committee in Sulaimaniyah banned on April 18 all sorts of protests.

Most of the demonstrators opposed Massoud Barzani, and the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP. Ten people were killed and more than 700 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 Kurdish security forces (Asayish) arrested and tortured a lot of activists and journalists.

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.

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.

Korek, owned by a nephew of Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani, leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), was established in 2001 in the region and has 3 million customers, while Kuwait's Zain started operations in the zone last October.

AK news part of this article by Rebin Hasan

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