Rally in Erbil ends up with detention of two campaigners

Non-contract teachers block a road in front of the office of the Kurdistan Parliament in Sulaimani, October 20, 2021. (Sarkawt Gharib/Esta Media Network)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Security forces in Erbil detained two non-contract teachers after they held a rally near to council of ministers’ palace, demanding their rights and full contract employment.

Dozens of non-contract teachers gathered out council minister’s palace today in Erbil, protesting against unemployment and calling for full contracts from the Kurdistan Region government.

At least two representatives for the non-contract teachers were detained by Erbil’s security forces after the rally ended up peacefully, Esta Media Network reporter said.

“Karzan Physics and Ali Rauf did not leave the rally location in order to see the government officials and speak about their demands,” the reporter in Erbil said, adding, “Both of them were detained by the security forces.”

The non-contract teachers are paid based on the number of lessons they are given per day. The minimum amount per lesson given to teachers holding a bachelor’s degree is 4,000 Iraqi dinars ($2.7).

There are more than 20,000 non-contract teachers across the Kurdistan Region, suffering from the government’s failure to hire them with full contracts and receive their wages.

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