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Iraqi journalists detained

03-01-2011 13:29 BJT

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Reaction to protests in Iraq on Friday are becoming more aggravated. A group of Iraqi journalists were detained after the protest and are accused of being elements of the former regime. MPs from the council of representatives criticized authorities for the arrests.

The 25th of this month was called “Iraqi Anger Day”, thousands of demonstrators demanded the government immediately tackle corruption and poor infrastructure. Security forces scatter crowds with water and soundbombs. Meanwhile, some journalists who were covering the event were detained after the protest, allegedly tortured and accused of being Baathests from the former regime.

Ali Al-Summari, Journalist, said, "We were sitting in a café when a security force of 14 militants with high ranking officers detained us without any warrant or asking for any ID and they put us in a HUMVEE"

Some MPs say the democratic experience in Iraq is still very young and has many challenges. They criticized authorities’actions against demonstrators and described it as uncivilized behavior, they also emphasized parliament must get serious about the demands of the demonstrators.

MP Mushaan Al-Saadi, said, "There are restrictions and formal accusations insisting the demonstration was Baathest and destructive, while the protest proved it was national and against Baath terrors. It wasn't a protest to change the abominable allotment regime that led the country to crisis."

The situation is still unstable; as there are new demands to change local governments, because they did nothing but make false promises.

Demonstrators handed their demands to authorities on Iraqi Anger Day, now it is up to the government to comply with those demands, but if such demands can be met under a deteriorating security situation remains unknown.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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