Kurdish protesters attend a rally against the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Saman Mahmoud
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Kurdish protesters, angered by years of austerity and unpaid public sector salaries, set fire to the offices of political parties near the city of Sulaimaniyah Monday, demanding that Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional Government quit.Two other party offices were torched, local media reported. Iraqi state television reported that the offices of several Kurdish political parties had been set on fire, without naming the parties.Tension has been high in the region since the central government in Baghdad imposed tough measures when the KRG unilaterally held an independence referendum on Sept. 25 and Kurds voted overwhelmingly to secede.At least 3,000 Kurdish demonstrators had gathered in Sulaimaniyah for the protests Monday against the KRG.
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