Iraqi activist: PM paints protesters as terrorists

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Posted: Jun 05, 2011 8:46 AM
Iraqi activist: PM paints protesters as terrorists

A leading Iraqi human rights organizer who confronted the prime minister on national TV says he is trying to paint legitimate protesters as terrorists.

Hana Adwar's comments were broadcast live Sunday during a human rights conference in Baghdad attended by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.N. officials.

Earlier, al-Maliki spoke to the conference and suggested that some human rights activists were actually terrorists, in an apparent attempt to delegitimize the country's nascent activist movement.

Adwar later got up and yelled at the prime minister, demanding he apologize. Then the TV feed was cut.

Adwar told The Associated Press that she was angry with al-Maliki's comments and felt she had to speak out.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

BASRA (AP) _ Iraqi officials say an oil storage tank has been attacked in the southern province of Basra.

Two officials said Sunday that the attack on the tank near the Zubair oil field occurred late Saturday. No casualties were reported and firefighters controlled the blaze.

Authorities were investigating whether rockets or bombs caused the attack.

Violence has ebbed in Iraq, but oil infrastructure is still a favorite target for militants, mainly in central and northern Iraq. It is rare for oil infrastructure to be attacked in southern Iraq, where there has traditionally been less violence.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were was not authorized to release information.