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Kurdistan President Barzani says concerned about unrest in southern Iraq

  2021-05-11  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani is seen in a file photo on July 6,2019. Photo by Barzani media office
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani said on Tuesday (May 11) that he was concerned with latest unrest in southern Iraqi governorates following the killing of a prominent activist and wounded a TV reporter.

On Sunday, pretests broke out in Karbala, Nasiriya and Diwaniya in southern Iraq in reaction of assassinating a prominent activist the night before as they were chanting “Iran out!” and “The people want the fall the regime!” 

During the night, the Iranian consulate general was set on fire by the furious protesters. 

On Saturday night, a human rights activist Ihab al-Wazni was assassinated by unknown armed men on al-Haddad Street in Karbala. Al-Forat News reporter Ahmed Hassan was severely wounded in the head by unknown armed men in Diwaniyah early on Monday and now is in serious condition after surgery. 

“We follow with great concern the continued threats against Iraqi demonstrators and the repeated targeting and attacks on them. We strongly condemn these actions, which are increasing the turmoil and complications in the country,” Barzani tweeted. 
“It must be stopped and the perpetrators brought to justice,” he added.

On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi called on the federal interior ministry to brought to count the perpetrators.

Over 600 protesters including activists have been killed, whether on the streets during rallies or targeted on their doorsteps. 

There have been 81 assassinations attempts since October 2019 protests. Out of that, 34 activists have been killed, member of Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights Ali al-Bayati tweeted. 

(Zhyan English)