Security forces fire into the air to break up farmers’ protest in Kirkuk

Farmer in Kirkuk protestesting in front of the city's silo on Friday May 29, 2020 (NRT Digital Media/Diyar Muhammad)

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SULAIMANI — The security forces in Kirkuk fired into the air to break up a demonstration by farmers on Friday (May 29).

NRT Digital Media reporter Diyar Muhammed said that the farmers had gathered in front of the Kirkuk silo in response to a decision by Baghdad not to accept a shipment of wheat, reportedly because it contained too many foreign particles, including lentils and other kinds of seeds.

The Iraqi Army’s 61st Brigade then arrived and dispersed the protesters. The unit is part of the prime minister’s Special Forces Division and has been deployed in Kirkuk since last year.

Muhammed added that the security forces seized the cameras of journalists and deleted footage that they had taken of the protest. According to reports, the security forces in Kirkuk and the 61st Brigade have committed at least fifteen violations against journalists in the area over the past three months.

(NRT Digital Media)