Kirkuk-Erbil road blocked for three hours
Citizens of the Sekaniyan village launched an early morning protest on May 13 against the lack of services and blocked the Kirkuk-Erbil road for three hours, as the governor made a promise to them to realize their demands.
“From 6 am we blocked the road using vehicles since no services have been offered to us,” Ali Ismael said, who was one of the protesters. Dllshad Ali, another protester said, “We ask for them to be serving us as they serve the Shoraw neighbourhood, which was just a village some years ago.”
The protesters were asking for road works and a school building for their village.
Sekaniyan village is populated with 2,000 families and along with Shoraw, it was rebuilt after 2003.
Kirkuk Governor Nejmadin Karim met with the protesters after they opened the road, as he promised them to realize their demands. “The demands you were asking for are all put on the 2012 projects, as they will be implemented soon,” the governor said.
He also asked them to visit him in his office if they had any other demands. The road being blocked caused many people delays in entering and leaving Kirkuk, as it created a huge crowd on the road.
Karwan Salhi – Kirkuk Now