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Protest in Washington against the killing of Camp Ashraf residents

“Thirty-three killed in Camp Ashraf”

10 Apr 2011

http://radiokoocheh.com/article/99983

10th April 2011

Ardavan Roozbeh / Radio Koocheh

ardavan@koochehmail.com

Translated by Avideh Motmaen-Far

After Iraqi troops attacked the camp which belongs to the PMOI in the province of “Diyala”, Iraq’s organizations and activists from different groups, regardless of their political views condemned this act. In this attack on Saturday morning at Camp Ashraf, a large number of people were injured, and according to the latest news 31 people were killed. Families of some of the residents of Camp Ashraf, protested in front of the White House today, and told Radio Koocheh that the number of killed has been increased to 33.

Protesters, while chanting slogans in front of the White House demanded the review of this military operations against the residents of Camp Ashraf. They were mostly families of those that still live in Camp Ashraf. Hajar Mojtahedzadeh, Hanif Mojtahedzadeh’s sister who still lives in the camp, noted that more than a hundred of injured people in this conflict, despite the severe need of medical assistance and surgery, were not allowed to leave the camp. She also pointed out that 25 of wounded people were also arrested by Iraqi troops and their fate still remains unknown.

Earlier in 2009, more than 30 residents of this Camp were arrested by the Iraqi army and were released after a long hunger strike.

Earlier in 2009, more than 30 residents of this Camp were arrested by the Iraqi army and were released after a long hunger strike. A number of international organizations and governments demand the review of the incident on Friday in Camp Ashraf. Yesterday, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, demand that the Iraqi government to deal with this Camp residents with greater tolerance. The Iraqi government also announced this morning that members of this camp will not be delivered to Iran.

What comes along is a dialogue with Hajar Mojtahedzadeh, one of the protesters and family member of a Camp Ashraf resident, that took place on Saturday April ninth 2011, in front of the White House:

On Saturday, the PMOI and Camp Ashraf family members held a protest in front of the White House. We talked with one of the protesters. Please introduce yourself and tell us what is your relationship with this Organization?

My name is Hajar Mojtahedzadeh and I am 24 years old. My brother, Hanif Mojtahedzadeh, plus two of my relatives are now in Camp Ashraf. Since Thursday morning, at 4:45 local time, when Iraqi forces, ordered by “Maliki”, attacked Camp Ashraf, up to now, we have 33 martyrs, more than 300 people were injured and at least 20 persons did not have emergency medical assistance or arrive to an hospital and died because of their injuries.

We demand America, the United Nations, UNAMI, the Red Cross, the European Parliament, Obama himself that they make Maliki’s forces to leave Camp Ashraf as quickly as possible. This is especially America’s responsibility since 2003. The Camp Ashraf residents were told that they will be protected in accordance with Article 45 of Geneva Conventions, and they have been officially recognized as immigrants and Americans had accepted this responsibility. Americans have said that they want to open the road to the hospital to bring the injured who are in serious conditions and need more assistance but Maliki have not allowed it. Right now, 125 people are in a very risky condition and awaiting death if this takes too long and they are not assisted medically.

I heard something about the Iraqi troops who have arrested some of the wounded persons. Is this really arrest and imprisonment?

Yes, 25 people are held hostage. Iraqis attacked the Camp and took 25 people with them and we have no news from them, we do not know where they are and what their situation is.

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