Press Statement- Central Committee of Iraqi Communist Party: Cowardly Terrorist Attack

Cowardly Terrorist Attack on Party Office in Al-Thawra (Al-Sadr City) - Baghdad

Our Iraqi Party Organization in Al-Thawra City in Baghdad held its first open mass event today as part of preparations for the elections, with a convoy of cars starting off from the party office in that district at ! g1033 4.00 pm (22 Nov. 2005). An hour later, an armed group blocked the road leading to the party office, stormed the place and killed two comrades, Abdul Aziz Jassim Hassan and Yass Khudhayer Haider. The attackers then covered their! withdrawal with a barrage of indiscriminate shooting.

This cowardly act, which comes at a time when we are preparing for the forthcoming elections, is aimed at the political process and highights the need to ensure that the elections are conducted in an honest and tra! nsparent manner, free of coercion and intimidation. The forces of obscurantism and terror that carried out this crime are deeply hostile to our Party and scared by its prestige and consistent struggle for the prosperity of people and freedom! g2057 of the homeland.

The two comrades who were victims of this treacherous attack have joined the martyrs of the Communist Party; the martyrs of Iraq.

The murderous criminals, who have had the spirit of violence, destruction and thirst for blood instilled in them by the previous dictatorial regime, and by others, cannot undermine our resolve to struggle for a peaceful! and democratic Iraq, where citizens enjoy security, freedom of thought, expression and belief, free of exclusion and negation of the Other, an Iraq where there is no place for obscurantist elements and murderers, and! g2057 those who deny the masses of people their right to decide their own path with their own will.

We hold the government authorities responsible for not providing the necessary prerequisites and adequate protection to ensure a proper launching of the election process in secure and stable conditions. We also demand that the government acts! urgently to identify the murderers and hand them over to justice to be punished for their heinous crime.

Shame and disgrace to the murderous criminals

Glory to the two martyrs, Abdul Aziz and Yas

Victory to our people and their patriotic and democratic forces

Baghdad - 22 November 2005