Civil unrest highlights Kurdistan financial woes

Protests and violence in Sulaimaniya add urgency to KRG efforts to resolve disputes and secure budget transfers from Baghdad.
Security forces use tear gas during a protest against salary delays on Mevlevi street in Sulaimaniya, Dec. 3, 2020. (FARIQ FARAJ MAHMOOD/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

SULAIMANIYA/ERBIL - Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Sulaimaniya over the past two days to protest delayed salary payments, raising the pressure on Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) as it contends with overlapping financial and political crises.

In violent crackdowns by security forces, several protesters were injured and about three dozen were arrested, according to both protest organizers and security officials.

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