The Federation of Islamic organisations in Europe expresses its deep shock, given the dozens of victims, who fell from among the protesters in the Iraqi town of Hawijah, following an attack by government forces.
Reports state that without warning, Iraqi troops invaded the square in the town of Hawijah, near to the city of Kirkuk, resulting in a massacre of protesters camped there to oppose the policies of the Iraqi government. Initial reports tell of dozens of fatalities and large numbers of wounded, painting a horrific picture of what had occurred.
The past weeks had witnessed the assassination of a number of those leading the peaceful popular protests occurring in some Iraqi provinces for several months. Recently, deadly bomb attacks had continued to take the lives of Iraqis; such as what had recently occurred in a youth club in the al-Amiriyah neighbourhood of the capital Baghdad, which claimed dozens of victims.
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe is greatly concerned by what took place in Hawijah at the hands of government troops. This incident threatens to push matters in Iraq into a cycle of deadly confrontations, after months of peaceful popular protests against the government’s policies.
The Federation as it condemns putting the lives of Iraqi citizens in danger, is saddened by the continued shedding of Iraqi blood, and draws attention to the dangers of matters spiralling out of control, with a turn to the worse in Iraq, if the government continues to ignore the peoples’ demands, and if those responsible for murder and gross violations against citizens are not held to account.
Brussels, 24 April 2013
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE)