February 19, 2011
SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — Ten protesters were wounded on Saturday in clashes with Kurdish security forces in the latest violent rally in Iraq demanding that officials combat graft and improve basic services.
The rally, along with another in the same Kurdish city and others in Baghdad, came after two protests in as many days earlier this week left three people dead and more than 100 wounded.
“Ten people who were demonstrating were wounded in the head, the arm or the back,” said Raykot Hama Rashid, the head of the provincial health department in Sulaimaniyah province, in the northern autonomous Kurdish region.
He said the people had suffered bruises after being hit by sticks and gun butts.
The confrontations broke out when protesters attempted, for the second time in three days, to storm an office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of regional president Massud Barzani, the dominant political bloc in the region.