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One Killed in Northern Iraq Protest


Protesters chant anti-government slogans in front of Kut's provincial headquarters building, Iraq, February 17, 2011

Protesters chant anti-government slogans in front of Kut's provincial headquarters building, Iraq, February 17, 2011

At least one person was killed and more than 30 injured during a protest in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya.

Reports say around 1,000 protesters had gathered Thursday in the city, located northeast of Baghdad, for a demonstration demanding political reform.

The protesters then moved to the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party where some demonstrators threw stones at the building. At that point, security officers fired into the air in an effort to disperse the crowd, killing one person and injuring dozens of others.

In other news, the Baghdad city government is demanding that the United States apologize and pay $1 billion for damages done to the city by concrete blast walls erected during the U.S.-led invasion.

In a statement issued late Wednesday, the government says the blast walls have damaged sewer systems and sidewalks and caused major traffic jams throughout the city.

Many Baghdad neighborhoods have been sealed off by miles of concrete blast walls meant to protect buildings and military compounds.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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