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 Massoud Barzani orders sending defendants of attacks against Kurd demonstrators for justice 

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Massoud Barzani orders sending defendants of attacks against Kurd demonstrators for justice  29.8.2011    

August 29, 2011

ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The President of Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Massoud Barzani, has ordered sending to justice of all persons, behind attacking demonstrators on February 27th last, a statement by Barzani’s office reported on Saturday.

Mass demonstrators took place in northern Iraq’s Sulaimaniyah, Kalar, Halabja, Rania, Koy-Sanjaq and other Kurdish areas, during which 8 persons were killed and more than 100 others were injured on Feb.17th last, with Barzani,
www.ekurd.netIraqi President Jalal Talabani and Kurdistan Premier Barham Salih, had expressed support for the demands of the demonstrators.

“Barzani’s decision covered sending all defendants for the said incidents for justice,   

Massoud Barzani, the president of Kurdistan region of Iraq.
along with ceasing the chasing of anybody without legal decisions, as well as the allocation of financial support for the Kurdish opposition parties and the formation of a committee to settle the problems of the opposition parties and to stop chasing the activists of the Civil Society and the opposition supporters, who faced political punishments.

Since last February till middle April, 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,www.ekurd.netcalling 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 the 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.

Sources:, AFP, Reuters, AP, Agencies

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