By Shwan Zulal
It was another day of protest in Maidani Azadi in Slemani and other towns across Kurdistan. Today being the international women day, the protest organizers called some prominent women speakers and asked women to attend the square. The event all went well and some other intellectuals among them a Kurdish novelist gave a speech and the previous presidential candidate also arrived back in Slemani to support the protestants.
Nevertheless in the late afternoon in a bizarre indecent the opposition MPs were locked in the parliament building, and the speaker called the militia to attend parliament, moreover the armed force came into the building and the episode took over 20 minutes. Later it emerged that the speaker has postponed the parliamentary session in an effort to silence the opposition voices talking about the current crisis in Kurdistan. It has also been reported that one of the opposition MPs protested and sat down in the speaker's chair, which has prompted the speaker to lock all the opposition MPs in the chamber.
This indecent has laid bare the lack of respect for KRG parliament by the incumbent political parties of PUK and KDP. In the last three weeks the Kurdish authority has made it clear that the rule of law does not exist in Kurdistan and the armed militia belonging to the two parties do not respect it. Parliament is not a play ground of the militia and such incident should have not happened in the first place. As usual so far nobody is taking responsibility for this lack of judgment and many in the government see it a proportional response.