Angry Shiites set fire to the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Masoud Barzani on Sunday night, in the context of insulting the reference.
The supreme Shia in Iraq, Ali al-Sistani, by one of the party’s leaders.
The attackers surrounded the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in central Baghdad, setting fire to it and burning photographs of Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani and his son Masrour Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, chanting slogans denouncing the actions they described as shameful against the highest Shiite authority in Iraq.
And the Interior Ministry in the Kurdistan Region announced late on Sunday/Monday that it had arrested “Nayef Kurdistani”, who had posted a tweet on social media exposing the site of the holy reference, and the security forces in the Kurdistan Region handed him over to judicial authorities in order to take legal action against him.
The Kurdistan Region Ministry of the Interior stressed that “freedom of expression does not mean daring to harm religious and national symbols, and that insulting them, especially the reference position, is not acceptable or tolerable, and that this person represents only he itself, and the position of the Kurdistan Regional Government and the people of Kurdistan is clear and explicit in respecting and glorifying the role of rational reference in Iraq and the Islamic world.
On the same level, the Kurdistan Democratic Party strongly condemned the “Kurdistan” tweet, which offended religious references, stressing that “the person has no relationship or affiliation with the Kurdistan Democratic Party, neither close nor far, and that his tweet represents his personal opinion and has no connection to the Democratic Party, which truly believes in peaceful coexistence and respect for religious and sectarian beliefs.
The streets of Baghdad witnessed tight security after dozens of Iraqi Shiites were dispersed in the vicinity of the Kurdistan Democratic Party building on the Rusafa side of Baghdad.