Monday, November 29

Clashes between student protesters and security in Iraqi Kurdistan

Iraqis circulated on Facebook videos showing a large number of students gathering in front of the University of Sulaymaniyah building, before it turned into a clash between students and security forces while trying to disperse them.

On Tuesday, a number of protesters were injured, as security forces in the Kurdistan region of Iraq dispersed a student demonstration in the city of Sulaymaniyah, protesting the government’s “ignorance” of their demands.

Eyewitnesses said that “hundreds of Sulaimaniyah University students closed a number of the city’s main streets, in protest at the local government’s ignoring of their demands.”

Witnesses stated that “the security forces intervened forcefully to open the streets closed by the demonstrators, and used tear gas bombs, sound bombs and batons, causing dozens of injuries among the students, most of whom fainted due to tear gas inhalation.”

Iraqis circulated on Facebook videos showing a large number of students gathering in front of the University of Sulaymaniyah building, before it turned into a clash between students and security forces while trying to disperse them.

For the third day, hundreds of students from the University of Sulaymaniyah demonstrated, protesting against the failure to meet their demands to increase the financial allocations granted to them to complete their studies, and the poor services in the university’s housing buildings.

There has been no comment yet from the government in the Kurdistan region of Iraq on the protesters’ demands.

The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government grants 50,000 Iraqi dinars (about $33) per month to university students who live in the city center, and 100,000 Iraqi dinars (about $66) to students coming from areas outside the center.

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Reference-www.aljazeera.net

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