The three-day closure is likely to spark demonstrations.
Al-Dulaymi said in his announcement, broadcast by RFI, that he believes the use of dialogue and nonviolent protest would draw support to the issues. "We address a call to all Iraqis to preserve calmness and unity, and to abstain from violence, killing, and shedding blood," he said.
Sunni leader al-Dari elicited sharp criticism from Shi'ite leaders on 19 May after he accused the Badr Brigades, the armed wing of the Shi'ite Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), of being behind the recent assassinations of Sunni clerics in Iraq.
Shi'ite Political Council Secretary-General Husayn al-Musawi responded to al-Dari's allegations by accusing the Muslim Scholars Association on 19 May of attempting to incite sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shi'a, RFI reported. "It is impossible that the Badr [Organization] or the Iraqi government perpetrated any killing of any person. The government is now able to arrest any criminal, put him in prison, and forward him to justice....There is no truth to these accusations," al-Musawi said.