Iraqi demonstration youths hold meeting in Turkey
6/4/2011 5:54 PM
ISTANBUL / Aswat al-Iraq: A number of Iraqi youths organizations organizing internal protests and demonstrations met here today to organize efforts and make general protests in Baghdad and other provinces following the end of the 100-day time table set by Premier Nouri Al-Maliki to evaluate the work of the ministries and provinces.
Head of the organizing committee of the conference Ayad Al-Zamili told Aswat al-Iraq that "it is the first of its kind since the outburst of popular protests in Iraq last February".
On 25 February,2011, demonstrations roamed all over Iraqi provinces upon a call made by activists and social NGOs through the internet protesting the deterioration of basic services, demanding to combat corruption, calling for political reforms and provision of work opportunities.
Zamili pointed out that the goal of this conference is "to put solid bases of cooperation among Iraqi youth organizations and the media, inside and outside the country, as well as to coordinate efforts to find suitable mechanism and unify their words, following the oppression made by Premier Maliki which resulted in tens of casualties".
On the reason for choosing Turkey, he elaborated that "due to the security deterioration and governmental arrests for a number of activists during the past period, we had to meet in Turkey".
"We do not have the intention to establish a party of political organization, but only to unify efforts on a road map for their movement, to be added to that of the Iraqi people, after the end of the 100 days set by Maliki, that ends on 7 of this month to achieve the promised reforms demanded by the Iraqi people", he elaborated.
Premier Maliki set, on 27 February 2011, a time table of 100 days for the ministries and provinces to better their work and develop services in the country.
Maliki threatened the resignation of the government if it is unable to fulfill the projects entrusted to them, while Parliament Speaker Usama Nujaifi spoke of withdrawing confidence from any minister who will be unable to implement 75% of his ministry's programme.
Zamili expected new demonstrations will take place after three days of the final date under the banner "Friday of Decision and Leaving".
"The lessons of the previous months obliged to work on bases of cooperation to be a factor to implement the demands of the people", he added.
On the recommendations of the conference, Zamili added "there are certain demands for the government and the parliament, because they are of the people, not ours, mainly to reject sectarianism in administering the Iraqi government and encourage the supervision role of the parliament, forming a national, efficient and specialized government.
According to Zamili, the recommendations will demand "opening all corruption dossiers for all post-2003 governments, including the US civil administration and adopting international standards for human rights and general freedoms".
"We expect that the second meeting of these movements shall be held in Baghdad, in case of better security circumstances and less pressures on the work of these organizations", he concluded.
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