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 Buildings torched and policemen wounded in Iraqi Kurdistan magazine article protests

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Buildings torched and policemen wounded in Iraqi Kurdistan magazine article protests  8.5.2012  








Hundred rallied Tuesday in front of the Kurdistan parliament, Erbil, against the article by Norwegian Kurdish expatriate writer Halmat Goran. Photo: Komel Website. See Related Links


Protestors were seen throwing stones and smashing up the security kiosks outside of Kurdistan parliament in Erbil. Photo: AK News


Protestors with Islamic flags were seen throwing stones and smashing up the security kiosks outside of Kurdistan parliament in Erbil. Photo: UKS


Kurdistan Region's Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani (2nd from left) pledged to defend Islam after clerics and worshipers protested against an article in a local magazine, forcing it to shut down.

May 8, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Kurdish protesters condemning the publication of a blasphemous article in an Erbil-based magazine set fire to a cultural center and three pubs in Erbil on Tuesday, while eight policemen were wounded in confrontations between demonstrators.

Hundred rallied Tuesday in front of the Kurdistan parliament against the article by Norwegian Kurdish expatriate writer Halmat Goran published on May 2 in local magazine Chrpa. The article is said to be offensive to Islam and Muslims.

Eyewitnesses said a number of protesters attacked Aweza Cultural Center on 60m Street and torched the building.

Erbil police chief Abdul-Khaleq Talaat said the protests in front of parliament ended after some hours. But the protesters later changed the direction of the rally and attacked police.

He said eight policemen were wounded, but their wounds are not serious.

Protestors were seen throwing stones and smashing up the security kiosks outside of parliament. Police reacted with riot control tear gas.

Protesters also burned down three pubs - Pizghar, Van Royal and Aweza - near the parliament, reported Sbay media website.

Protesters attacked the headquarters of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party's Zagros TV,
www.ekurd.net according to Rudaw. The news website added that security forces arrived at the scene, preventing the protesters from completely burning down the building.

There is now heavy traffic on 60m Street due to the protests.

Demonstrator Imam Ahmed al-Mohammed told AKnews: "We urge the Kurdistan parliament to enact a law soon to deter insults on Islam.

"Insults on Islam are unacceptable and we ask for justice. Those who do these types of things should be punished."

Mustafa al-Jiran, another protestor, said: "Chrpa staff should be punished and we shouldn’t let anybody use freedom of journalism to insult Islam.

"We want see the Minister of Culture and Youth to resign, because he hasn't commented yet and has no position."

Erbil's governor Nawzad Hadi said: "Permission was not given for today's protest. Now we're working on calming down the situation."

The editor-in-chief of Chrpa magazine Hemn Ari was arrested by Erbil police on Monday after the Ministry of Religious Affairs filed a lawsuit and an arrest warrant was issued.

The magazine's management announced earlier this week that the publication would be shut down due to public and government pressure.

Jaafar Guwani, spokesman for the Kurdistan Union of Islamic Scientists, said the union does not support any sort of violence with regard to the case against the provocative article.

Guwani said the union demanded that the magazine officials be sued and the magazine be closed down.

"Both demands were met, therefore the union doesn't support and participate in this protest," he added.

Kurdistan's Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Erbil's Imams and clerics on Sunday to oppose such stories against Islam.

Barzani added that "freedom of speech should be maintained and reactions should not lead to complicating social life in Kurdistan".

By Fryad Mohammed

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