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150 hurt in north Iraq protest rally
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 17:14:05 GMT
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Demonstrators run for cover from riot police during a protest in Iraq's Kurdish city of Sulaymanieh on April 18, 2011.
Around 150 people have been injured in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan after security forces opened fire on a group of demonstrators protesting against the two ruling parties.

Protesters gathered in Peeramard Street in the center of Sulaymanieh, located 260 kilometers (161 miles) north of Baghdad, on Monday and demanded political reforms, an end to official corruption, resignation of the regional government and an investigation into the fatal shootings of three protesters in February, AFP reported.

Clashes erupted between demonstrators and security forces during the protests with Kurdish Peshmerga and Asayesh forces surrounding the street and opening fire.

Since February, Sulaymanieh has been the scene of almost daily demonstrations by thousands of people criticizing Massoud Barzani, the incumbent president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, and monopoly of the autonomous region's politics Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

Five people, including two policemen, have been killed and hundreds of others injured during the demonstrations.

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