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Offbeat Iraq: the headquarters of a Kurdish party burnt down in Baghdad

09:40  18 october  2020
09:40  18 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The headquarters of a Kurdish party in Baghdad was torched on Saturday October 18 by a crowd of supporters of Hachd al-Chaabi, a coalition of paramilitary groups mostly pro-Iran. The attack came after a member of this Kurdish party recently criticized these armed factions.

With our correspondent in Baghdad, Lucile Wassermann

It was still early Saturday in Iraq when large columns of black smoke rose in the sky of Baghdad, the capital. Below, the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan (PDK), one of the main Kurdish parties in Iraq, is on fire, set on fire by hundreds of demonstrators surrounding the building. They wave the flags of Hachd al-Chaabi, this myriad of militias now integrated into the Iraqi state. The supporters of this coalition then enter the building, ransack all the premises, then film themselves by burning a flag of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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No intervention by the security forces

The attack was extremely violent. And above all, it takes place without any intervention from the surrounding security forces. So in an instant, the center of the Iraqi capital took on a chaotic air.

At the origin of this anger, criticisms, issued recently by one of the leaders of this Kurdish party against this paramilitary force called Hachd al-Chaabi.

Immediately after the attack, the Kurdish authorities called on Baghdad to "take the necessary measures" and the same evening, Prime Minister Moustafa al-Kazimi urgently convened the National Security Council. "Fifteen arrests" have taken place, he said, and an investigation has been opened, including to determine why the security forces failed in their mission that morning.

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