• Freedumb: Street Protests Banned in Baghdad

    April 14, 2011

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    Posted in: Democracy, Iraq

    Mob I’ve met General Atta. In real life he is just about the way he sounds here. Banning free speech because of traffic complaints? Sure…

    According to Al Arabiya, Iraq has banned street protests in Baghdad and limited approved demonstrations sites to three soccer stadiums.

    “We have specified Al-Shaab, Kashafa and Zawraa stadiums as permitted sites for demonstrations in Baghdad instead of Ferdus or Tahrir squares,” the capital’s security spokesman Major General Qassim Atta said at a news conference.

    The decision follows after regular demonstrations were held in Bagdad with thousands of people protesting against government corruption, poor basic services and unemployment.

    “Many shop owners and street vendors have called us and complained to us because demonstrations have affected their work and the movement of traffic,” Major General Atta said.




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