Protesters, police clash in northern Iraq, 35 wounded

By REUTERS
April 18, 2011 00:57

 
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ARBIL, Iraq - At least 35 people were wounded, including seven policemen, in clashes between protesters and security forces in Iraq's northern city of Sulaimaniya on Sunday, police and hospital sources said.

The clashes erupted when police trying to drive protesters out of a main square opened fire and used batons and tear gas, wounding around 28 protesters, police and witnesses said.

The semi-autonomous Kurdish region, dominated for decades by two political parties, has seen continuous protests in recent months against corruption and a lack of freedom, inspired by rallies in other Arab countries.

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