KDP forces prepare to suppress demonstrations in Hawler
The authorities of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in southern Kurdistan are preparing to suppress the demonstration scheduled to take place today in the city of Hawler, following the arrest of a representative of professors and teachers.
The authorities of the Kurdistan Democratic Party deployed heavy security forces in the city of Hawler in southern Kurdistan, where they were stationed in the squares and authority buildings in the city, after calls spread yesterday for a mass demonstration against the KDP policy that dominates of government.
Roj News Agency correspondents in the city of Hawler reported that large numbers of security forces were deployed in the vicinity of “the building of the Kurdistan Regional Council of Ministers in Hawler.”
Pictures taken secretly show the spread of buses with members of the security forces on board, and checkpoints deployed in areas for the first time.
The call for a mass demonstration comes after the arrest of Professor Ali Raouf, the general representative of the professors, teachers, and demonstrators in southern Kurdistan at the Kora Sor checkpoint.
Roj News Agency said: “Professors, teachers and employees are scheduled to meet today at 10 o’clock in front of the Kurdistan Regional Council of Ministers building in Hawler.”
It quoted security sources in Hewler that the purpose of the intensive security deployment was to confront the demonstrations.
Southern Kurdistan witnesses daily demonstrations led by teachers and government employees against the policy of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which governs the region, and as a result of the authorities’ inability to secure employees’ salaries and benefits.
At a time when it is unable to provide salaries to employees, the KDP, through its forces, participates with the Turkish occupation army forces in attacking the defense areas in southern Kurdistan, and harnessing the government budget to serve the Turkish state.