protest in Sulaimaniyah, at least two people killed, 47
wounded; Gorran leader left scene, reports say. A
night curfew has been declared in Sulaimaniyah,
until 7:00 am
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Kurdish protesters throw stones at the headquarters
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president Massoud Barzani, in Sulaimaniyah. Feb 17,
2011. Photo: hawlati
Kurdish protester injured by a bullet shot by
Kurdish security in Sulaimaniyah. Feb 17, 2011.
Kurdish protesters chanted, "Government resign",
"Work for the unemployed" and "The corrupt must face
justice". Photo: hawlati
February 17, 2011
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', (Ekurd.net)— Nearly
3,000 people, the majority of them younger than 30,
had been marching towards the headquarters of the
KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of
Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, the two parties that
have lorded over the autonomous region for decades.
Initial report by Hawalti, an independent Kurdish
newspaper, said so far 2 people have been killed in the clashes between the
protesters and the security forces. The police fired
live ammunition at youths throwing stones at the
headquarters of the region's dominant political
party, the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP), witnesses
"We have received two dead bodies, both of which
received gunshots, and are treating more than 47
other people," said the doctor in Sulaimaniyah
province's health department, on condition of
anonymity, AFP reported.
While on the way to the two parties' offices, the
protesters chanted, "Government resign", "Work for
the unemployed" and "The corrupt must face justice".
"This is Tahrir Square. Do you remember Mubarak?"
protesters chanted, referring to the Egyptian
The demonstrators began throwing stones at the two
buildings, which lie near each other in the centre
of Sulaimaniyah, and then attempted to storm the KDP
The local security Asayish forces and policemen have
taken positions on the street.
A night curfew has been declared in Sulaimaniyah,
until 7:00 am.
According to Kurdish websites the KDP followers has occupied the Gorran's headquarters in
Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan region. Hawlati
reported that the building of Gorran headquarters
located at Erbil 99 set on fire, also the
headquarters of Gorran has been attacked and
looted by KDP followers in Duhok city.
The protesters had been attempting to storm the
local offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)
of regional president Massoud Barzani when security
forces fired into the air in a bid to disperse the
An informed source said Nawshirwan Mustafa, the
leader of the Kurdish opposition of Gorran (Change)
Movement has left Sulaimaniyah for the bordering
areas with Iran.
The source told the pro-KDP Payamner news website it
is two days since Nawshirwan Mustafa has left
Sulaimaniyah, the second largest city in the
Kurdistan Region where the headquarters of the party
is located. The leader is reported to be in Penjwin,
a Kurdish district bordering with Iran.
The source further alleged since February the leader
has twice met with the Iranian officials on the
The website alludes to some reports in Sulaimaniyah
which state fearing that in case of any rise in the
tensions during the protest,www.ekurd.netGorran
headquarter will be the first place to be targeted
by the Kurdish security forces, Mustafa has left
In a recent
Gorran called for resolving the current Kurdistan
parliament and cabinet to give way for restaging the
Moments after the call,
Rozhnama, the only newspaper of the opposition party
reported, tanks were positioned facing Gorran
Currently, the police forces are deployed in
Sulaimaniyah where Gorran enjoys its greatest public
support. Tension looms over the city amid the mass
Gorran enjoys wide support in Kurdistan region. It's
emerged in regional elections in 2009 as a rival to
the two main ruling Kurdish parties and won 25 seats
in the parliament.
Gorran is challenging
Talabani's PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan), and
the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party), of regional
president Massoud Barzani and accuses the parties of
It’s headed by the former senior PUK-leader
Nawshirwan Mustafa, who was Talabani’s deputy until
2007. Since the July 2009 elections in which it
secured almost a third of the seats of 111-member
Parliament of Kurdistan.
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