“Tariffs imposed on imported Kurdish books as well”
Kirkuk intellectuals demand removal of Kirkuk-Kurdistan Region customs checkpoints

October 11, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Kirkuk- Intellectuals protest imposing of tariffs on Kurdish books imported from Kurdistan Region, 10-10-2018

Karwan Salhi- Kirkuk

Dozens of intellectuals and journalists in the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk have called for the removal of the customs checkpoints recently installed on the main roads between Kirkuk and the Kurdistan Region’s provinces of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah, stressing that the intellectual aspect and Kurdish studies should be spared from political conflicts.

 In a press conference, the gathering criticized the imposing of tariffs on imported Kurdish books, students’ handouts and other educational materials.

“The recent unprecedented restrictive measures imposed by the customs checkpoints included tariffs on imported Kurdish books and educational materials, something didn’t occur even during the rule of the Ba’ath dictatorial regime, particularly as the constitution states that besides Arabic language, Kurdish is an official language of Iraq ”, a joint statement read.

Imposing tariffs on imported Kurdish books and educational materials didn’t occur even during the rule of the Ba’ath dictatorial regime

The protesters also referred to the sudden increase in prices of consumer products, which has affected all residents of Kirkuk.

The Iraqi government on September 22, 2018 installed two customs checkpoints on the main roads connecting Kirkuk with Erbil and Sulaimaniyah provinces according to an agreement signed between the KRG and the Iraqi federal government.

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