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The second consecutive day of protests in various cities and towns of the Kurdistan region to demand the abolition of the compulsory saving system for salaries of employees.
The city of Arbil witnessed demonstrations in which the demonstrators tried to go to the Parliament of Kurdistan, while the security forces deployed heavily.
Demonstrators in the district of Soran, north of Arbil, demonstrated in front of the Directorate of Education, raising slogans demanding that Prime Minister Haider Abadi fulfill his promises and stressed that they had lost confidence in the Iraqi government.
The security forces arrested the head of the branch of the Union of Teachers of Kurdistan in the district of Soran, and a number of other teachers during the demonstration.
So far no official explanation has been given by official and security authorities about the arrests.
It is noteworthy that many cities and towns of the Kurdistan region saw on Sunday, protests against the system of government savings of salaries, and erected tents in the yards of sit-in in the city of Sulaymaniyah.
The sit-ins continue in the city and in a number of other cities.
The Kurdistan Regional Government announced the amendment of the system of saving staff according to a new system, in the event that Baghdad committed to send the amount of 317 billion and 540 million and 465 thousand Iraqi dinars to the region.
And organized training and government officials demonstrations in several cities in Kurdistan to protest against the austerity measures followed by the provincial government since 2016, especially pay salaries after a financial crisis hit the region in 2014 as a result of the collapse of oil prices and cut Baghdad salaries paid to employees of Kurdistan.
Abadi had recently announced that his government will begin before the holiday of Noruz holidays pay salaries of employees of the province of Kurdistan, the monthly withdrawn several years ago; because of differences between Baghdad and Erbil.
The issue of salaries of the region’s employees is one of the outstanding issues between the federal government and the Kurdistan Region.
The escalation of the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil after the conduct of the Kurdistan Region referendum self-determination last September, and the subsequent actions taken by the Iraqi government and neighboring countries against the region, including the closure of border crossings and the prevention of air traffic.
However, these files found a way to resolve in turn, the impact of several contacts and meetings between the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi and the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Nechirvan Barzani