Maliki: Iraq will not become another Syria

Maliki: Iraq will not become another Syria


Palm – Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki said that his country will not witness an uprising similar to what happens in neighboring Syria, in spite of continuing mass demonstrations against the government for the sixth consecutive week.

Maliki said he was ready to continue with the protesters, pointing out that some people are planning to take the fight from Syria into Iraq, whether they are locals or al-Qaeda or supporters of the late President Saddam Hussein.

Maliki stressed that “what is happening in Syria is not going to happen in Iraq, in Iraq, there is freedom, there is no prisoner of journalists or politicians .. There are parties and elections.”

In Syria, facing President Bashar al-Assad, popular protests since March 2011, turned violent armed between the government and the opposition, while in Iraq systems protesters from Sunni Arabs, who complain of official discrimination, rallies against the government since last December earlier this week , urged al-Qaida in Iraq year to take up arms against the government, even though the protest organizers are distancing themselves from it and say that peaceful Mseerathm.

The opposition accuses the Iraqi Maliki marginalizing political opponents and crush the opposition, which emphasizes Iraqi Prime Minister on Neve and flared Sunni anger at the end of December last year, because of what they see as abuses and discrimination against the Sunni minority in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein, and the rise of the Shiite majority to power.

The demonstrators, Friday, Iraqi flag, which dates back to the days of Saddam, called Sunni clerics and tribal elders and young protesters to reform laws against “terrorism”, which say that the security forces are exploited to target year, and unlawful detention.

The protests of the most serious tests so far in front of al-Maliki and his fragile government, which share positions with the Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, especially it erupted at a time when Baghdad is also in contrast with the Kurdistan region on oil and land rights.