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Violent protests rage across Sulaimani province

By Rudaw 10/10/2015
Protesters in Sulaimani. Photo: Rudaw.
Protesters in Sulaimani. Photo: Rudaw.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Tear gas has been fired at protesters in Suliamani who are clashing with police and other demonstrators in an escalating wave of violence triggered by wage demands and dissatisfaction with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). 

The mass demonstration in Sarra Square in Suliamani on Saturday when hundreds of protesters gathered again to demand three months of unpaid salaries and an end to the current political stalemate that has left the KRG without an official president since August, said Pshtiwan Jamal, Rudaw correspondent in Suliamani.

Jamal said police were standing guard and firing tear gas to prevent protesters from attacking the 4th branch office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Mawlawi Street. Protesters have also surrounded Rudaw's office in Suliamani and borke windows with rocks, said Rudaw staff currently trapped in the building. 

Clashes between demonstrators and the police also erupted in the town of Said Sadiq in eastern Sulaimani province.

“Protesters are attacking a Kurdistan Democratic Paarty (KDP) building,” said Rudaw reporter Choman Mahmood in Said Sadiq. 

“Due to clashes between pro-KDP members and protesters near the KDP building, 17 people have been wounded from both sides. The scale of the demonstration is getting wider and causing more violence. Pro-KDP members are answering the protesters with stone.”

Mahmood said the the town of Said Sadiq has been divided into two mobs: one calling for the KRG to play the salaries of civil servants, and another group that has seized the opportunity to turn to violence. 

Three people were shot dead on Friday in demonstration-related shootings in the township of Qaladze, in northern Sulaimani province, with dozens more wounded. 

At least nine people, including five policemen and four demonstrators, were wounded on Thursday in street protests over delayed salaries in Sulaimani, the city’s mayor told Rudaw.


ard | 11/10/2015
the treacheous pkk is trying to destabilize kurdistan
Kurdish Patriot | 11/10/2015
More dumb protests in Suleymani, which involves brainwashed kids to take to the streets. I blame all the dumbasses who are behind it all, not Barzani. I blame the dumbasses who try to separate Kurds, and bring us into civil war with each other....shame shame shame shame tifffffff tiffff tiffff goadd shame tifff!!!! Your encouragement of these kids brought them to their deaths, it was you. What do you expect would happen in a riot that gets out of hand? What do you expect Barzani admin to do? What do you expect riot police to do, who are obviously not equipped to deal with situations that are out of hand? I blame the Jash who divide Kurds. And what was the whole point of these meaningless protests? 3 months salary? For a measly three months salary you put you kids at risk? Shame!! Why not put blame on Baghdad who give our government such hard time and put a lot of pressure on them to fork out wages for government workers, teachers, peshmerga forces, expenses for this endless war on ISIS... It's costing our government considerable amounts of money, and Baghdad government knows this and are happy Kurds are fighting Kurds!!! Makes our enemies happy!! Shame!!
FAUthman | 11/10/2015
You can kiss Baghdad`s butt all you want and you wont squeeze a dime out of Abadi because Baghdad is broke. No, your salaries are dependent on your own "fauken" oil exports. When oil flows revenue comes in and salaries get paid, and it may be that the salary payments will start tomorrow. Wait and see then how the protests will quiet down, except may be for a few youngsters bored with school and probably for someone pulling their strings for whatever personal reason.

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