Police and security forces in Suleimaniya have arrested and tortured many
organizers of and participants in the daily anti-corruption protests in recent
days. Several organizers have also disappeared or received death threats. In a marked increase of tensions, an
unknown number of additional security troops have deployed to the city, but
apparently refrained from taking the protest site by force.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani threatened yesterday, 12 Marchto â€śdealâ€ť with the protests if they do not end by 21 March 2011. Rather than complying, protest organizers have announced more visible actions in the coming week.
â€śThe truth has been unleashed,â€ť a young protester told CPTers today (Sunday), â€śand cannot be silenced, not even by more soldiers.â€ť