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 1 killed, 1 injured in in Sulaimaniyah protests in Iraqi Kurdistan

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1 killed, 1 injured in in Sulaimaniyah protests in Iraqi Kurdistan  26.2.2011  





February 26, 2011

SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', ekurd.net,— Initial reports from Sulaimaniyah indicate that a small sound bomb placed amid the demonstrators on the city’s central Sara Square, near the great mosque, has exploded leaving at least 5 people injured.

According to Awene, an independent Kurdish newspaper, after the sound blast, unknown gunman fired live ammunition at the protestors leaving at least one 1 dead and 1 wounded, Dr. Hawar Naqishbandi from the medical emergency hospital told Awene that one dead body has been received by the hospital.

The two victims were killed in the cities of Chamchamal and Kalar near Sulaimaniyah.

Several people have lost their lives in similar protests against the Kurdistan regional government in recent weeks. The demonstrators are demanding better living conditions and an end to food and electricity shortages.

From February 17, Thousands protest in Sulaimaniyah against corruption and the lording over Kurdistan region by two main parties KDP and PUK.  The protesters demanding the improvement of public services and living standards, fighting corruption and taking political reforms, Kurdish protesters chanted, "Government resign", "Work for the unemployed" and "The corrupt must face justice".

The protesters demand the Kurdish government and parliament resign to give way for “early transparent elections”. They complain about “monopolizing the economic and political authority,” by the two major parties of Kurdistan.

Many observe allegiance to either of the two ruling patties a must to get employed and hence were deprived of the right. As with the rest of Iraq,
www.ekurd.netKurdistan suffers from electric power deficiency but after almost 20 years of semi autonomy.       

Protest in Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan region, February 26, 2011. Photo: Awene.com


A Kurdish protestor shot dead when unknown gunman fired live ammunition at protestors near ASO Mall in Sulaimaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan, February 26, 2011. Photo: Awene.com
For decades, the KDP of regional president Massoud Barzani and the PUK of Iraq's President Jalal Talabani have lorded over the region.

Massoud Barzani, the KDP chief and current Kurdistan president, and his relatives control a large number of commercial enterprises in Iraq's Kurdistan region with a gross value of several billion US dollars. The family is routinely accused of corruption and nepotism by Kurdish media as well as international observers.
 

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