Fury at the pump: drivers block Sulaimani-Kalar Road over gasoline price increase

Protesters blocked the Kalar-Sulaimani Road, angry at an increase in the price of gasoline on Oct 21, 2021. (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — Protesters blocked the Kalar-Sulaimani Road on Thursday (October 21), angry at an increase in the price of gasoline.

One protester, who works as a taxi driver, told NRT that "the price of gasoline is so high that we earn nothing and have to pay from our own pocket for gas.”

Drivers are now paying more than 900 Iraqi dinars ($0.62) per liter for normal grade gasoline in the Kurdistan Region. At the beginning of the year, the price was around 500 Iraqi dinars ($0.34), rising to 750 Iraqi dinars ($0.51) just a few weeks ago.

On Wednesday, a similar protest took place in Bani Maqan, blocking the Sulaimani-Kirkuk Road.

On Monday, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Natural Resources Kamal Atushi argued that the gasoline and heating oil problem is a temporary issue because of disruptions at refineries in Bazian in Sulaimani governorate caused by technical issues.

(NRT Digital Media)