Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Iraqi Communist Party condemns
raid of its newspaper headquarters by security forces
The headquarters of “Tareeq Al-Shaab” (People’s Path), the central organ of the Iraqi Communist Party, was raided and ransacked by the security forces late evening on Monday 26th March 2012 under a flimsy pretext.
A big armed force of the “federal police” entered the building, on Abu Nawas Street in central Baghdad, and conducted a search operation which it claimed was part of security measures in preparation for the Arab Summit. But it soon became clear that their real target was remnants of an old weapon, actually a piece of junk on the roof of the high building, left behind from the time of the previous regime. Having discovered this “dangerous weapon”, they arrested 12 employees who were in charge of security at the headquarters of the newspaper. Afterwards, another police force entered the building and ransacked offices of party leaders. Detained employees were held by the police overnight and were only released, the next day, after being forced to sign so-called “pledges” whilst blindfolded!
The Iraqi Communist Party has strongly condemned this blatant attack targeting its daily newspaper, “Tareeq Al-Shaab”, which has come on the eve of the 78th anniversary of the party’s foundation (31st March). It has demanded an immediate halt to these repressive practices, annulling the infamous “pledges”, and bringing to justice those responsible for this vicious attack on free and democratic press.
These measures will not prevent “Tareeq Al-Shaab” from defending the fundamental rights of the Iraqi people and workers, and fighting for a free and democratic Iraq.
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
International Women’s Day celebrated
in “Our Cultural Home”
at Iraqi Communist Party headquarters
International Women’s Day was marked by a celebration on 8th March 2012 at the headquarters of the Iraqi Communist Party at Andulus Square in central Baghdad.
The celebration took place in the hall of “Our Cultural Home” Forum, and was organized by the Cultural Committee.
The program of the event included the presentation of certificates and plaques honoring a number of creative women in the fields art, media and education, who have done their best to build a better Iraq.
The media worker Majida Babili spoke about the role of women, the significance of the 8th of March and the need to fight for women’s legitimate rights.
The program included songs, by Jawad Muhsen, and a performance on a traditional musical instrument, the Jozah (the Iraqi violin) by the young artist Shahad Jamal Abdul-Aziz. Poems were also recited.
Messages of greeting from several democratic and civil society organizations were read out.