US and Iraqi authorities in Baghdad have condemned radical Shias involved in clashes with coalition forces in Najaf on Sunday, in which many died.
Paul Bremer said attacks would "not be tolerated"
Paul Bremer, the US administrator in Iraq, said Iraqis had the right to
freedom of expression, and must express their views "peacefully".
"This morning, a group of people in Najaf have crossed the line and they
have moved to violence," he said.
"This will not be tolerated by the coalition. This will not be tolerated by the Iraqi people, and this will
not be tolerated by the Iraqi security forces."
Massud Barzani, the rotating president of Iraq's interim Governing Council, said: "The Iraqis have the right to express their opinions in peaceful means, and this is democracy, but resorting to violence is rejected,
all the Iraqi people reject that."
"Any act that leads to violence and losses among civilians and coalition (personnel) is an act that we sternly condemn, and we hope that everybody would resort to peaceful and democratic means," he said.