Iraqi man attempts protest suicide

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq, March 11 (UPI) -- Protesters in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaymaniya extinguished the fire set by a man attempting a protest suicide Friday, witnesses said.

Protesters in the northern Kurdish city are calling for the dismissal of Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government.


At least 4,000 demonstrators were reported in the streets and witnesses said one man attempted a protest suicide before others extinguished the blaze, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

A December protest suicide in Tunisia sparked a revolution that brought down the regime.

The KRG in a statement Thursday said the government survived a vote of no-confidence from regional members of Parliament.

"At its sixth emergency session in two weeks, the Parliament rejected a vote of no confidence in the current government by a majority of 67 to 28, in the 111-seat chamber," the KRG statement read.

Lawmakers were questioning the Kurdish government's handling of February demonstrations.

Human Rights Watch said it documented accounts of masked men attacking protesters during the unrest in the Kurdish province of Sulaymaniya.

In Baghdad, the Voices of Iraq news agency reports a "massive demonstration" in the capital city's main square. Protesters said they were demanding better services and more transparency from their government.


Demonstrators stressed to the news agency that they weren't calling for regime change.

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