Two teenage protesters have been killed and around thirty others injured in separate clashes with forces loyal to Iraq’s Kurdistan Democratic Party.
The two victims were killed in the cities of Chamchamal and Kalar in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region.
Several people have lost their lives in similar protests against the Kurdistan regional government in recent weeks. The demonstrators are demanding better living conditions and an end to food and electricity shortages.
The current protests follow the massive demonstrations on Friday, where thousands took to the streets in different cities across Iraq for a national “Day of Rage.” The protests were inspired by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt.
The protesters wanted an end to corruption, unemployment and poor government services. They, who also called for political reforms, are not seeking regime change, but rather for Americans to stop meddling in Iraqi affairs.
On Tuesday, some 5,000 protesters staged a rally in Iraq’s Kurdistan region to protest against President Massoud Barazani and the two ruling parties — the Kurdistan Democratic Party and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
They continue to insist on political reforms and an investigation into the fatal shootings of two protesters the previous week.