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شنبه, 18 مهر 1394 ساعت 04:46

Two dead, 17 injured as protests turn violent in Kurdistan Region

SULAIMANI – Two protesters are dead and at least 17 others injured after protests in the Kurdish town of Qaladze turned violent Friday.Demonstrators gathered outside the mayor’s office in Qaladze (100 km east of Erbil) during the afternoon and called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to pay employees’ salaries and bring an end to the ongoing presidency and economic crises.
Protesters moved toward the local Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office, where guards shot into the crowd, killing three and injuring 17 others. Four security forces were also reportedly injured in clashes.
Angry demonstrators then attacked the building, setting it on fire.KDP offices in the nearby towns of Zharawa, Hajiawa and Sangasar were also attacked late Friday, with the protesters setting the Zharawa building on fire.
Security forces moved into the area following the demonstrations to maintain order.
The Kurdistan Region’s three major cities – Erbil, Duhok and Sulaimani – are on high security alert as protests spread across the northern provinces and tensions remain high.
Security forces have set up a perimeter around the Change Movement (Gorran) party offices in Duhok and Erbil to prevent retaliatory attacks by KDP supporters.

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