Demonstrations continue in Iraqi Kurdistan, and several demonstrators were killed.

On Tuesday, December 8, mass demonstrations continued in protest of the economic situation and delays in the payment of workers’ salaries in some cities in the Kurdistan Region.

In the demonstrations of Seyed Sadegh, klar, Kafri, Panjwin and Takiyeh Kakmand, 5 demonstrators were killed and more than 30 others were injured.

A 10-year-old boy was killed in Seyyed Sadegh, and a guard at the headquarters of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party was killed in Panjwin.

Hiva Ali, a law graduate of one of those killed in Takiyeh Kakmand, the night before she was killed, posted on Facebook a photo of a worried woman who was looking for her friend during the demonstration. .

Demonstrators set fire to party headquarters and clashed with security forces.

In the latest development, the governorate of Sulaymaniyah banned traffic between the cities of the province in order to prevent further demonstrations.
According to the order of the governorate of Sulaymaniyah, in the next 24 hours, any traffic between the cities of this province is prohibited.

Climate officials blocked internet lines to prevent Tuesday’s protests, but the trick, like stopping the NRT channel, did not stop the protests from spreading.

Regarding the suspension of NRT broadcasting, the Committee to Protect Journalists announced: Kurdish Iraqi authorities must reverse their suspension of local broadcaster NRT and allow the outlet to reopen its office and work freely

The new generation movement expressed its support for the protests and expressed its readiness to join the people.

The Movement for Change demanded that the Kurdistan Parliament convene an urgent meeting to address the issue of the protests.

The British ambassador to Iraq lamented the violence in Sulaymaniyah province and called on security forces and demonstrators to exercise restraint.

The UN mission in Iraq also condemned the violence and stressed the need for the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of the media.

Government employees in the Kurdistan Region have received only five monthly salaries in 2020, and unemployment and lack of public services are other reasons for the recent protests.

Three people were killed and more than 40 were injured in protests yesterday.