February 17, 2011
On February 17, 2011, a series of demonstrations started in Sulaimaniya city. The 2011 Kurdish protests were a series of demonstrations and riots against the Kurdistan Regional Government. The Iraqi Kurdistan experienced protests distinct from protests elsewhere in Iraq, which took place concurrent with the Kurdish protests. These Kurdish protests were also related to the Kurdish protests in Turkey and protests in Iran, as well as a general uprising in Syria joined and supported by Syrian Kurds.