By Jackson Richman
This story has been updated with reaction by the State Department.
Amid protests by Kurdish citizens, outraged by years of unpaid public sector salaries and austerity, opposition leader Shaswar Qadir of the New Generation party was arrested on Tuesday, a source on the ground told The National Discourse.
On Monday, demonstrators set fire to four offices of political parties near the city of Sulaimaniyah. The Kurdish region has undergone upheaval since the central government in Baghdad imposed tough measures in light of an independence referendum on Sept. 25 and Kurds voted overwhelmingly to secede, in which Iraqi and Iranian forces seized the Kurdish capital, Kirkuk.
Last March, Discourse chairman Cam Erickson was in Kurdistan and filmed a documentary.
The Discourse acquired the footage below from Tuesday’s protests.