Friday, February 25, 2011

11 killed in Iraq protests

Iraqi's constitution guarantees the right of peaceful demonstration and freedom of assembly so why is Maliki acting like neighboring despots and ordering security forces to fire upon protesters? Why is he detaining journalists?

Iraqi officials say at least 11 people have been killed and dozens injured in a day of violent clashes across the country between security forces and demonstrators.

At least nine demonstrators were killed in separate clashes in three northern Iraqi cities during what was described as a "Day of Rage." In the western Anbar province at least two people were killed as security forces and demonstrators battled.

Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets Friday to vent their anger at government corruption, a lack of services and unemployment in the largest outpouring of anger since the protests began sweeping the Middle East.

In the capital of Baghdad, demonstrators trying to cross a bridge battled security forces and knocked down concrete barriers.


Demonstrations turned violent across Iraq on Friday, as protesters burned buildings and security forces fired on the crowds.

Thousands of Iraqis demanding better government services took to the streets in at least 10 cities, from Basra in the south to Mosul in the north, despite attempts by the government and by top Shiite leaders to head off the protests .

Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki made a televised speech on Thursday urging Iraqis not to gather, warning that insurgents would use the opportunity to carry out attacks. Security officials in Baghdad banned all cars from the streets until further notice.



Freddie Starr said...

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Don Cox said...

Maliki is acting like a despot because he has been corrupted by power. He was already much too anxious to keep power after the last election.

He is shaping up to be another Mubarak (not a Saddam or a Ghaddafi).

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