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    Student Unions [in Iraq] Call for Withdrawal of Occupation Troops Juan Cole, Informed Comment Friday, June 24, 2005
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      Student Unions [in Iraq] Call for Withdrawal of Occupation Troops
      Juan Cole, Informed Comment
      Friday, June 24, 2005

      Gilbert Achcar kindly sends along his translation of this newspaper

      ' Student Unions [in Iraq] Call for Withdrawal of Occupation Troops

      Baghdad – Abdel-Wahed Tohmeh – Al-Hayat, June 24, 2005

      11 Student Unions approved the call made on al-Jaafari's Government to
      set a timetable for the withdrawal of multinational forces and
      considered that the request made [by the Government at the UN] for the
      extension of their presence is "an infringement on Parliament's

      The 11 Unions issued yesterday a statement, of which Al-Hayat got a
      copy, supporting the members of the Independent National Bloc and
      other MPs [see the article by the same author dated June 20] and
      calling on "al-Jaafari's Government, the United Nations and its
      Security Council to adopt these demands." The statement also said: "We
      have taken part in the election and voted, risking our lives going to
      the polling stations, only for one essential issue that the electoral
      slates adopted and put in their political programs, and that is the
      demand for the withdrawal of occupation troops from Iraq."

      The Unions called on the lists that won the election "to remain
      faithful to their promise and put their political programs into
      practise so that the people could respect them." Their statement also
      called on the Government "not to adopt crucial decisions without
      referring to the representatives of the people in the National
      Assembly." The statement also expressed bewilderment at "al-Jaafari's
      and his Government's support for maintaining occupation troops at a
      time when the US Congress is asking for their withdrawal."

      The statement was signed by the Student Unions at the Universities of
      Baghdad, Mustansariyya, Kufa, Qadissiyya, Basra, Diali, Ramadi, Mosul,
      the Technological University, the Islamic University and the Organism
      of Technical Education.
      The president of the Student Union of the University of Baghdad,
      Mustafa Shabar, said that "the students of Iraq are resolute to get
      the Government and the National Assembly to abide by anti-occupation

      Moreover, 18 students representing Iraq's 18 governorates ended a
      sit-in at al-Firdous Square in the center of Baghdad, meant as a
      protest against the Government's decision to extend the presence of
      multinational forces. Shabar said that "the choice of al-Firdous
      Square for our sit-in came as a result of the refusal of the
      Government to let the sit-in be held in front of the Parliament
      building." Member of Parliament Falah Hassan Shneishel added that "a
      big rally will take place today at Kadhimiyya with the participation
      of tribes which came to Baghdad from all Iraqi governorates in support
      of the demand by the MPs to the Government to put a timetable for the
      withdrawal of occupation troops." '



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