One pro­tester killed and more than 100 oth­ers in­jured in an­gry protests in Kur­dis­tan

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Hun­dreds of peo­ple took to the streets in the dis­trict of Sayed Sadiq, Su­laimani prov­ince, ac­cus­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) for lack of pub­lic ser­vices and projects. At least one per­son was killed and more than 100 oth­ers in­jured dur­ing an­gry protests.

The protests came af­ter the Iraqi govern­ment de­cided to make Hal­abja dis­trict a prov­ince. The de­ci­sion was wel­comed by all the Kur­dis­tan res­i­dents be­cause the city was at­tacked by chem­i­cal weapon dur­ing the Iraqi for­mer regime of Sad­dam Hus­sein.

Ac­cord­ing to the new de­ci­sion, Sayed Sadiq would be one of the dis­trict be­long to Hal­abja prov­ince. But they re­jected to ac­cept it be­cause they wanted to part of Su­laimani prov­ince.

One of the Sayed Sadiq’s res­i­dents who par­tic­i­pated in the an­gry protests on Jan­uary 2nd and wished to re­main anony­mous said that he per­son­ally wel­comes the de­ci­sion but there are lacks of pub­lic ser­vice projects in the city. He also very strongly crit­i­cized the lo- cal of­fi­cials of the city and asked them to re­sign one af­ter an­other due to they failed to ac­com­plish their du­ties.

He also claimed that the of­fi­cials are in­volved in cor­rup­tion cases and the govern­ment has to bring them to jus­tice and pun­ish the cor­rupt ones.

As the protests con­tin­ued for sev­eral days and many peo­ple got in­jured, the mayor of the city de­cided to re­sign from his post. He was a mem­ber of the Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Union party. Many say that it was an in­di­ca­tion that the Is­lamic par­ties failed to in an area where they have many sup­port­ers.

“I am from Hal­abja. Sayed Sadiq res­i­dents hate Hal­abja peo­ple, oth­er­wise; the ma­jor prob­lem is not be­cause of lack of ser­vices,” said the mayor.

Yousif Ka­reem, a school teacher from Sayed Sadiq, stated that there is a his­toric and cul­tural ne­go­ti­a­tion be­tween the two cities and it has a deep root. He also added that there might be po­lit­i­cal ten­sions be­hind the an­gry protests and mo­ti­vates the peo­ple to make trou­ble in the city. Mah­moud Ab­dulka­reem, a writer, said that the govern­ment failed to im­ple­ment the pub­lic ser­vices and serve its peo­ple. He fur­ther said that the res­i­dents of Sayed Sadiq fear that their city would be marginal­ized if it would be part of the new Kur­dish prov­ince of Hal­abja.

The Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party’s [KDP] af­fil­i­ated chan­nels broad­casted the an­gry protests in live pro­grams, and Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan [PUK], which is led by Jalal Tal­a­bani, crit­i­cized the chan­nels and said they in­flame the fire of the peo­ple’s anger.

A few days af­ter Sayed Sadiq protests, hun­dreds of peo­ple staged a rally in the dis­trict of Kalak, Duhok prov­ince.

They also asked the KRG to pro­vide more ser­vices in the city. While, a po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst said that it might be a po­lit­i­cal re­venge by the PUK sup­ports due to the KDP chan­nels cov­ered the protests in Sayed Sadiq which is un­der PUK con­trol.

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