fter an hour, the team received a phone call that
saying shooting and tear gas explosions had begun inside the square. The husband of one of the team's partners was in the hospital
because of tear gas inhalation. The
team continued to receive phone calls from organizers still at the square who reporter
that many of the demonstrators could not leave, because soldiers had surrounded
The team contacted the U.S. Consulate to report the
situation. The position of the U.S.
is that the people have a right to hold nonviolent demonstrations without fear
of attack by the Kurdistan government. The Consulate has intervened a number of times in the past
when armed soldiers threatened unarmed demonstrators.