Freedom on the March

From Holden:

After Iraqi Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib’s personal bodyguards fire on a crowd of unarmed security guards protesting their meager pay he warns his fellow Iraqis not to hold similar protests in the future as they may make themselves the targets of violence – from the insurgency.

Iraq’s interior minister warned citizens today not to hold protests, saying the gatherings were an invitation for a large-scale terrorist attack. His comments came a day after government bodyguards opened fire on a group of employees demanding higher wages, killing one person.

Interim Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib, likely to be out of job once the new government takes over, said the protest was among “attempts to destabilize the situation” in Iraq. He accused the protesters of trying to enter the office of Science and Technology Minister Rashad Mandan Omar and said the bodyguards where just doing their job by protecting the official.

Haithem Jassim, one of three people injured in the melee, said the demonstrators were unarmed.

And General Abzaid has a complaint about the March of Freedom. It’s too damn slow.

General John Abizaid, the senior U.S. commander in the region, has warned that Iraq’s delays in forming a government could contribute to a rise in violence.