BAGHDAD, June 17 (KUNA) -- The Iraqi capital Al-Tahreer Square witnessed on
Friday protests by activists calling for administrative reforms and tribesmen
demanding prosecution of leaders of the ousted regime for committing crimes
against the people.
The activists brandished placards with slogans calling for ouster of the
government of Nouri Al-Maliki and condemning "Iran's meddling" in the local
"Friday after Friday, the corrupt to be eradicated," they cried. They also
chanted other rhetorical slogans such as "Friday after Friday, Al-Maliki out"
-- alluding to the Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki.
A group of the protestors read a statement at the crowd, accusing the
government of protecting "the criminals and corrupt." They also called for
recognizing citizens' rights for protesting and abstention from resorting to
violence against the demonstrators.
Moreover, they called for a new electoral law to secure equal legislative
representation for all political parties.
Simultaneously, hundreds of natives of the town of Al-Dujail and members of
tribes held a demonstration at the same location, calling for the execution of
the figures of the ousted Baath regime who were convicted for involvement in
the Al-Dujail massacre. "Death to the Baath regime," they chanted
The Dujail Massacre refers to the events following an assassination attempt
against the former (executed) Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, on July 8,
1982, in the town of Al-Dujail. (end)
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