“The problem is that the Iraqi Kurdish authorities say they want to decentralize power,” adds the mayor of Chamchamal, Amanj Jabari. “But those who are actually in charge have a more centralized mentality. That is why they won’t respond to the demands of the people.”
The controversy over the rockets being fired at the power station has caused a lot of debate in Iraqi Kurdistan. Are the demands of the people of Chamchamal legitimate? Could they cut off the gas pipeline if they are pushed too far? Could they cut off the road and not allow oil tankers to pass?
There have been other incidents in Chamchamal too. Security cameras for traffic safety were shot out twice. Apparently, this happened because locals were angry that the security cameras cost a lot of money.
“Patience has limits,” Riwas Faik, an Iraqi Kurdish politician and member of the local Parliament's Industry, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told NIQASH. “You don’t know what to expect from angry people. They may resort to violence, they may not allow tankers to pass. They may stop the gas supply and they might even attack government buildings. If the government doesn’t try and find solutions to the problems that are upsetting people, things could get worse. People may turn to violence and direct confrontation may happen,” she cautions.