Tuesday, March 15, 2011
By: Shwan Zulal
Many news papers and individuals are reporting that if people from Slemani (Sulaimaniyah) try to enter Erbil, the check points set up by KDP would not let them through. Many students and businessmen have been turned away from entering the capital last night and today. This has not happened in Kurdistan even at the time when Saddam was in power. This cowardly act by the authorities amounts to a clear discrimination and an absolute contempt to the rule of law. What people in Kurdistan are witnessing is history repeating itself. Because, it is clear the people who are responsible for this ill conceived initiative, are the same people who went to bed with Saddam in 1996 and brought back the dictator to Kurdistan in order to save their own skins.
Maidani Azadi protesters have declared that on 16 March, they intent to go to Erbil and start protest in the Capital. The Authorities in Erbil have reacted by stopping anyone from Slemani and the surrounding areas entering the Erbil and areas north of it. This overreactions by KDP further exposes the length the authorities in Erbil are will to go to cling on to power. Behaving in this manner angers the public further and shows that the current people running Kurdistan Region are only interested in protecting their seats rather than having the interest of people in mind.
Meanwhile PUK forces have been reported to have kicked and battered protesters in Said-Sadiq and shots have also been heard in the town. There are reports of 4 injuries in the town including a Journalist who has suffered a fractured arm and ribs. This act of thuggery continues while yesterday the PM has said sorry for the past weeks heavy handed approach by the security forces. Today's incidents only confirms that PM and KRG does not have any real powers and the militia is in charge.
The strongest opposition movement, Goran have said that they are willing to sit down and talk to the main two political parties but earlier today Sbeiy media has been reporting that Goran office in Khanaqin have been attacked and their officials have been arrested. Barzani and Taliban are calling for calm while at the same time they are the only ones who have been violating laws, attacking people and ransacking property.
The protests are continuing in Slemani, Chamchamal, Koya Said-Sadiq and most of Slemani and Garmyan area. The actions of both incumbent parties are making the protesters even more determined and resolute to carry on protesting and bring an end to this irresponsible government and shambolic state of affairs.