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 Nechirvan Barzani cools down anger in Iraqi Kurdistan

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Nechirvan Barzani cools down anger in Iraqi Kurdistan  19.2.2011  

February 19, 2011

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP second top official and a former Kurdistan premier Nechirvan Barzani condemned on Friday Sulaimaniyah riot which left one young boy dead and 53 other injured.

"We will send the injured out for better treatment if needed," Barzani told reporters in Erbil, capital of Kurdistan Region.

He said his party understands the concerns and anger of people and " we do believe in freedom of expression."

Perpetrators changed the aim of the demonstration from peaceful to violent acts and that led to an attack on the KDP's headquarters.

"We are not accusing any one now, but the law enforcement forces are investigation to figure out who was behind the attack," he added.

"We are sad to what happened to the headquarters of Gorran in Erbil and Soran and we will go to build their offices soon."

He also focused on better relations with other political parties and opposition sides.                    

Nechirvan Barzani, leading member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP and former regional prime minister of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan district, speaks during a press conference the Erbil on February 18, 2011. Photo: Getty Images.

Rallies against corruption,www.ekurd.netpoor basic services and high unemployment in Iraqi Kurdistan have also left 2 killed and more than 47 people wounded.

The rare demonstrations in the autonomous Kurdistan region were the deadliest since the 2003 US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

For decades, the KDP of regional president Massoud Barzani and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan of Iraq's President Jalal Talabani have lorded over the region.

The Kurdish protesters chanted, "Government resign", "Work for the unemployed" and "The corrupt must face justice".

Massoud Barzani, the KDP chief and current Kurdistan president, 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. 

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