World Bulletin / News Desk
Teachers and activists clashed with security forces in a city in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region Saturday during a protest over unpaid salaries.
"Where are the employees' salaries, you corrupt government," the protesters chanted in the city, which is administered by the autonomous Kurdish Regional Government.
"Where is the oil income going," they also asked, accusing both the PUK and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Kurdish leader Massud Barzani of involvement in graft.
"I don't trust the government when it says the region is suffering from a financial crisis," said Sara Rahim, a 40-year-old teacher who has not been paid in months.
Organisers told AFP that teachers would protest again on Sunday and remain on strike until their salaries were paid and their demands met.
Civil servants in Kurdistan have been on strike intermittently since 2015, when salaries stopped being paid on time as the region was hit hard by the cost of the war against the Islamic State group and plummeting oil prices.Last Mod: 19 Kasım 2016, 17:08