Islamist ‘blasphemy’ protests – more smoke and mirrors?

By Harem Karem:

KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani at press conference on Sunday

Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani at press conference on Sunday

In their latest theatrical instigation, Islamists in Hawler (Erbil) have been saddling up their camels for the past week calling for demonstrations in front of Sawaf mosque on Tuesday against Chirpa magazine, following allegations that it has published poems deemed blasphemous.

After learning that the local government had refused them permission, Islamists began gathering in front of Sawaf mosque in an attempt to call a strike and demanding the closure of the magazine. It is reported that the minister for religion has attended the scene along with several other officials.

This is, however, likely to be just another manifestation of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) shadowy, devious groups – designed with the anniversary of Serdasht Osman’s death in mind. Serdasht was murdered two years ago for criticising the oligarchs and the perpetrators are still at large.

The oligarchs have unleashed these shadowy groups to operate like ants among the public – using any means they want, including mullahs as weapons of mass deception, in order to justify the employment of their suppressing machines during any demonstrations demanding that the oligarchs stop harbouring murderers – only, this time round, tackling journalists and human rights activists instead of burning headquarters of the Islamic Union of Kurdistan or the Change movement.

What is even more astonishing is that the Kurdistan Islamic Group’s slippery demagogues in parliament were so quick to present a motion calling for the punishment of those committing blasphemy although the full facts of the case are still unknown. This at a time when some mullahs constantly incite hatred during Friday prayers and often issue death threats. However, none of the secular demagogues dare present a motion to parliament to prevent these mullahs from deceiving and spreading hate among society.

On Sunday afternoon the newly appointed KDP Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, visited the mosque and shamefully bowed to the Islamists by promising the immediate closure of Chirpa magazine. This, of course, is happening directly after all the activities and arrangements made for Serdasht Osman’s anniversary.

However, the Prime Minister seemed puzzled by the turn-out and embarrassingly asked: “Only Spede and Peyam present? Nobody else has come?” His empty press conference came hours after hundreds of reporters from various news agencies covered the anniversary of Serdasht Osman’s death just a few miles away. The two Islamic reporters present were from the Islamic Union of Kurdistan and the Islamic Group of Kurdistan.

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