274,000 Iraqis demand release of Camp Ashraf hostages

NCRI – Iraqi tribal leaders, sheikhs and citizens have united to call for the release of seven hostages taken captive during the Camp Ashraf massacre of 52 Iranian dissidents on September 1.

Up to 274,000 Iraqi citizens have called for the release of the seven Camp Ashraf residents who were taken hostage by prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s forces, said a statement by the Parliamentary Councils of Sheikhs.

274,000 Iraqis have expressed their outrage against the brutal crime committed against the People’s Mojahadin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). “Iraqis have expressed their anger against the perpetrators of this crime and demand the immediate release of the hostages and protection of Camp Liberty by the UN so that the residents are able to stay there without the direct or indirect intervention of the Iranian regime,” the group said.

The Iraqi Sheikhs quoted the joint statement by 274,000 Iraqis as saying: “It is a shame and disgrace to witness such repressive behavior against our guests at Ashraf in the name of Iraq and Iraqi people on Iraqi soil which has always been an inspiration for revolutionaries for centuries.

“These crimes are in violation of tribal and Islamic customs and ethics. We, the signatory of the statement, strongly condemn the massacre of Camp Ashraf residents and renounce it. We urge the UN and the U.S. government to put pressure on Iraqi government to immediately release the hostages abducted by the Maliki government, especially because there are six women among them. We warn against any repression and violation of their rights.”

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