Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Kurds have been out for two days in furious mass rallies in protest of the cutoff of their pay checks. The Kurdish Republic’s treasury is empty ever since October, when the Iraqi army seized the Kirkuk oilfields, which were the main source of Kurdistan’s revenue. KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said he fully sympathizes with the protesters but mass riots and destruction won’t solve the republic’s economic crisis. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Wednesday he would not allow the Kurdish riots in Iraqi towns to be put down by force. However, DEBKfile reports large concentrations of Iraqi troops building up outside Irbil, the KRG’s capital.