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Protest at State Capitol stems from kidnapped girl

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By: Brittany Paris
bparis@klkntv.com

A peaceful protest at the State Capitol on Monday stemmed from the abduction of a girl.

Yazidi protestors said they were protesting to raise awareness. Young Yazidi girls in Iraq are being abducted with no repercussions.

 They're asking for one law for everybody.

 Yazidism is the smallest religion in Iraq. It's described as a mix of many Middle Eastern religions.

Members of it said they are facing discrimination and human rights challenges because they are not Muslims.

"We are going through a tough time and our people over there are suffering discrimination," Hadi Ali, protestor, said. "We asking only for basic human rights."

Protestors said on January 1, an 11-year-old Yazidi girl was abducted by a Muslim man, which sparked worldwide protest.

But this is not an isolated case.

Haji Qasim, a father of six, hasn't seen one of his daughters in almost two years.

He said Lamya was 15 when she was abducted by Muslim militia.

"Iraqi government did nothing. They did nothing," Qasim said.

He also said police never looked for his daughter.

"I'm shaking because I'm very angry," Qasim said. "And to lose someone from your family, especially the kids, is not easy."

Protestors are asking the U.S. government to help their people and just hope for equal rights.

Almost 200 people were expected to show up to the peaceful protest. One member said similar protests have been held in Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands. 

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