February 26, 2011
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
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
From February 17,
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.