Truck Drivers Cut off Highway Leading to Baghdad

March 1, 2017 at 11:58 pm

Tuz Khurmatu. March 1, 2017.Truck drivers cut off the highway of Sharaban and Al-Khalis in Salahalddin province. Photo: Karwan Salihi

A number of truck drivers cut off the highway between Kirkuk, Diyala, Salahalddin and Baghdad to protest charging by different security checkpoints.

Dler Ahmed, who was one of the drivers, told KirkukNow, “We cut off the highway to Baghdad, the roads of Sharaban, Tuz Khurmatu, and Al Khalis are all closed because the checkpoints charge us for passing by.”

“In Tuz Khurmatu, the Peshmerga bases take our registration documents, and we must pay 50$-70$ in order to get them back,” Dler said.

 Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq.March 1, 2017. Truck Drivers Cut off Highway Leading to Baghdad. Photo:Karwan Salihi

“Hashd Al-Shaabi has put on bases on the highway between Hamrin Mountain and Amirli sub-district of Salahalddin province. They are taking 15.000 IQD (13 USD) from the truck drivers, according to their statements, the charge is for the income of the province.”

Before the truck drivers arrive in Baghdad, they also have to pay another 25.000 IQD (21 USD) in Al-Khalis. Dler said, “Each driver should pay another 25.000 IQD (USD).”

Badr Ali, another truck driver who protests the procedures, told KirkukNow, “We have cut off the highway of Sharaban and Al-Khalis in Salahalddin province, and we are waiting for a replly.”

“We have visited the political parties and the district commissioner of Tuz Khurmatu, but the attempts were not successful, so we cut off the highway,” Badr.

 Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq. March 1, 2017.Some of the slogans of the protestants. Photo: Karwan Salihi

Sabah Jumaa, a member of Tuz Khurmatu council told KirkukNow, “”The Council is aware of this problem, but we do not have any solution for it because we do not have control over the security forces at the security checkpoints.”

Shalal Abdul, the district commissioner of Tuz Khurmatu said that they are aware of the problem, and the money which is taken from the drivers is illegal. He also said that “this cannot be solved by us and high profile officials of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraqi Government solve this.”

KARWAN SALIHI

KIRKUKNOW

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