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Shafaq News / On Saturday, the supporters of the popular crowd lowered the Kurdish flag from the headquarters of the fifth branch of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, before burning it in the capital, Baghdad.
Dozens of supporters of the Popular Mobilization Forces stormed the headquarters in the Karrada district in central Baghdad and set fire to it in protest against statements by the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Hoshyar Zebari, which they considered “offensive” to the crowd.
The incident came after repeated calls to social media accounts affiliated with factions in the crowd close to Iran, including “Rubu Allah” and “Sabreen News” to protest in front of the party’s headquarters in Baghdad.
Pictures by the camera of Shafaq News Agency showed one of the supporters of the crowd lowering the Kurdish flag raised over the party headquarters before setting fire to the flag while waving the victory sign.
The pictures also showed that dozens of Hashd supporters gathered alongside the riot police in front of the party headquarters while it was burning, without arresting any of those involved in the incident.
The Iraqi Civil Defense reported that 10 of its divisions put out the fire at the headquarters, without any injuries.
Commenting on the incident, the official of the party branch in Baghdad, Shwan Taha, told Shafaq News, “The federal government has failed to provide the necessary protection for the branch’s headquarters.”
Taha added, “We will file a lawsuit against the federal government because it did not provide protection to the headquarters.” Regarding the parties that stormed the headquarters, he said that “the group (Rubu Allah) and the Popular Mobilization Forces were the ones who participated in the demonstration,” adding, “But we leave the security services to investigate the matter.”