A new song was playing on Iraqi Kurdistan radio yesterday,
18 April, 2011, which included the lines, "Don't kill this
generation" and "don't kill the future." While the song played, guns were
blasting and tear gas filled the streets in both Suleimaniya and the KRG
capital city, Hawler (Erbil).
Day 61 of Suleimaniya's daily demonstrations
against corruption in Iraqi Kurdistan started early this morning. The
CPT team arrived at 11:00. Music was playing from the stage and
small groups of people were gathering. Two CPTers decided to use the
quiet time to grab a cup of coffee and juice in a cafe next to the
A few of the demonstration
organizers were doing the same.
Meanwhile armed soldiers, the anti-terrorism unit, and
police were positioning themselves around the square., with guns, tear gas,
water cannons, and riot gear.