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98 injured in protests in Iraq's Kurdistan region
Apr 19, 2011, 12:53 GMT
Sulaimaniya, Iraq - At least 98 people have been injured in clashes in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region between security forces and protesters, medical sources said Tuesday.
The injured included both demonstrators and members of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, sources added.
Clashes erupted on Monday in Sulaimaniya city, as hundreds of Kurdish demonstrators gathered in the city's central square to push their demands for political reforms and greater freedoms.
Anti-riot police have broke up a demonstration heading towards the city's main court building on Tuesday.
A number of demonstrators were detained, it added.
Protests in the region began in February calling for greater autonomy for the Kurdish population.
There have been a series of demonstrations across Iraq over the past few months, calling for better services and an end to corruption.
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