Protesters set fire to public library, parties’ offices in Sulaimani province

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Protesters on Wednesday set fire to a public library building and offices of two political parties in Sulaimani province, Esta Media Network reporters said. 

Students of universities and institutes continued to protest in Erbil, Sulaimani and Halabja provinces for a fourth day in a row on Wednesday, calling on the government to resume payment of their monthly stipends suspended since 2015.

In Sulaimani, protests turned violent after protesters confronted riot police and security forces at Sara Square.

A group of protesters in Piramagroon, northwest of Sulaimani, set the sub-district’s public library on fire. They also blocked the main road between Sulaimani and Dukan.

In Said Sadiq southeast of Sulaimani, the demonstrators torched headquarters of Change Movement and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in the town.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers decided to allocate a budget to the ministry of higher education and scientific research to assist students who are in need and to solve the issues of dormitories.    

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