Protesters Torch KDP Offices in Iraq

Protesters set fire to the offices of the ruling party Monday in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region amid widespread protests over unpaid salaries and suspected corruption.

Kurds demanding the resignation of the ruling Kurdish Democratic Party torched its offices in the city of Sulaimaniyah in northern Iraq. Reporters for VOA’s Kurdish Service said fires were also set at offices of the the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Change Movement, Islamic Union of Kurdistan (Yekgirtu), and Islamic Group (Komela), all in Sulaimania province.

The Kurdish Service said demonstrations were taking place across much of the province, sparked by frustration over unpaid salaries to teachers and other civil servants, a lack of basic services and suspicions of rampant corruption.

No casualties were immediately reported.

Tensions have been high in Kurdish Iraq in the wake of a failed referendum for independence in September — a vote that Baghdad deemed illegal.

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