The Shiia Popular Mili­tia blocks the ways to Xur­mato

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By: N. M. Mo­ham­mad

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.

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