PROTESTS IN IRAQ CONTINUE: AT LEAST 65 DEAD, THOUSANDS INJURED


05/10/2019




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- The number of civilian casualties is increasing day by day in the mass popular protests that have entered its fifth day in Iraq and which no political group has pioneered.

Demonstrations began with demands such as improvement in public services, employment, a solution to the problem of unemployment and the elimination of corruption, which quickly became anti-government. The harsh intervention of police forces and firing with real bullets is not enough to stop the angry people.

It is estimated that at least 65 people have been killed in demonstrations in the country, mainly in southern provinces. Thousands of protestors were injured, some of them heavy.

In addition to Internet cuts, curfews and access barriers to social media platforms, Prime Minister Adil Abdulmehdi's promises of reform also did not persuade activists to return home.

Following the events, the Shiite religious scholar and politician Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the strongest group of the Iraqi Assembly, said the government should resign.


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