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Jordan: Iraqi Embassy under siege by angry Ba'ath activists01:09

Jordan: Iraqi Embassy under siege by angry Ba'ath activists

Jordan, Amman
May 21, 2013 at 18:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Jordan: Iraqi Embassy under siege by angry Ba'ath activists

Hundreds of Jordanians gathered in front of the Iraqi Embassy in Amman on Monday and called for the expulsion of the Iraqi Ambassador, Jawad Abbas, after Ba'athist activist protestors were attacked during an event hosted by embassy officials last Thursday.

Demonstrators chanted slogans against the Iraqi government, held up imgaes of Saddam Hussein and called the embassy staff "Shabeeha", a term used to describe loyalists of Syrian President Bashar al- Assad. Eventually the demonstration turned violent and police used batons to disperse the crowd.

The initial confrontation between Iraqis and Ba'ath activists took place at the Royal Cultural Centre in Amman during an event last Thursday which was meant to commemorate the lives lost during Saddam Hussein's rule. The Iraqi Embassy called it "Mass Graves in the Era of the Former Regime" and Abbas described it as a mark of the "atrocities of Saddam's regime".

According to investigation reports, a few Ba'athist activists attended the event and chanted pro-Saddam slogans. One of the attendees badly beaten was Jordanian Ba'athist and attorney Ziyad Najdawi, the lawyer that represented Saddam Hussein in his defence team. Najdawi reportedly suffered from several broken bones and claimed that Abbas ordered for his beating after saying "bring me the lawyer of the tyrant". Najdawi says that he and his collegues attended the Iraqi event expecting to take part in a political debate.

The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, has expressed his regret over the incident saying that such violent actions do not reflect the "new Iraq" which is currently in the making. He publicly stated that Bagdad is committed to investigating the incident in full cooperation with the Jordanian authorities. Jordanian Foreign Minister, Nasser Judeh told angry deputies that the authorities in Baghdad will withdraw any embassy staff involved in the fight and that Abbas is currently under investigation.

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Jordan: Iraqi Embassy under siege by angry Ba'ath activists

Hundreds of Jordanians gathered in front of the Iraqi Embassy in Amman on Monday and called for the expulsion of the Iraqi Ambassador, Jawad Abbas, after Ba'athist activist protestors were attacked during an event hosted by embassy officials last Thursday.

Demonstrators chanted slogans against the Iraqi government, held up imgaes of Saddam Hussein and called the embassy staff "Shabeeha", a term used to describe loyalists of Syrian President Bashar al- Assad. Eventually the demonstration turned violent and police used batons to disperse the crowd.

The initial confrontation between Iraqis and Ba'ath activists took place at the Royal Cultural Centre in Amman during an event last Thursday which was meant to commemorate the lives lost during Saddam Hussein's rule. The Iraqi Embassy called it "Mass Graves in the Era of the Former Regime" and Abbas described it as a mark of the "atrocities of Saddam's regime".

According to investigation reports, a few Ba'athist activists attended the event and chanted pro-Saddam slogans. One of the attendees badly beaten was Jordanian Ba'athist and attorney Ziyad Najdawi, the lawyer that represented Saddam Hussein in his defence team. Najdawi reportedly suffered from several broken bones and claimed that Abbas ordered for his beating after saying "bring me the lawyer of the tyrant". Najdawi says that he and his collegues attended the Iraqi event expecting to take part in a political debate.

The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, has expressed his regret over the incident saying that such violent actions do not reflect the "new Iraq" which is currently in the making. He publicly stated that Bagdad is committed to investigating the incident in full cooperation with the Jordanian authorities. Jordanian Foreign Minister, Nasser Judeh told angry deputies that the authorities in Baghdad will withdraw any embassy staff involved in the fight and that Abbas is currently under investigation.

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