The Shiia Popular Militia blocks the ways to Xurmato
Under the pretext of recapturing the city Tikrit, it has been more than two months the Shi’ite Militia have closed the way between Xurmatu and Baghdad. Although it has been more than a month since Tikrit was taken back, yet the way has still not been opened. Up till now the factories and businessmen in Xurmatu with predominantly Kurdish population have protested 3 times and have announced a general strike for a week.
The person responsible for the communication of the local authorities told “Hewler “newspaper that up till now Baghdad and the Popular Militia have not responded. Mohammad Fayeq also said that for the 3rd time the businessmen have showed remonstrance and asked for the opening of the way to Baghdad. This has affected the life of thousands of families. However, Baghdad has not heeded any of these demands yet.
Fayek added that those responsible in Baghdad promised that at the beginning of this month they would open the way, but it was just a talk. This made the people even angrier and it has been six days since they closed the sideways as a protest.
Moreover, he added that the administration of the city supports the demonstrators and has tried hard to persuade Baghdad to open up the road. He mentioned that this situation has affected greatly the economic situation of the city and has led to a rise in unemployment.
Shaxewan Abdulla, head of the security and protection committee in the Iraqi Parliament told “Hewler” that they have collected 90 signatures of the Parliamentarians and they will be giving the request to the Prime Minister to do something about the crisis.
A few days ago, the Popular Militiamen stopped some President guards near the small city of Amerli. They were forced out of their cars, humiliated and then made them walk 3 km to Xurmatu.
One of the guards recounted that the Shi’ites said that Fuad Maasum is just a Kurdish President. In addition, they do not approve of him and that Kurds have not been named in the Qur’an, so they are not Muslims. The guards, who were on holiday, were in civilian clothes and were unarmed.
On the same day, some armed men from the Popular Militia attacked a factory of sand and pebbles whose owner is a Kurd and they took a car and a Shovel with them, ridiculing the factory’s guards. This angered the people and led to an armed fight between the people and Militiamen in one of their headquarters.
According to “Hewler”, the dissatisfied people set one of the militias’ cars on fire and disarmed them. Currently, the situation has calmed down and the things that were taken forcefully are returned back to their proper owners.