17 November 2019
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A FRANCE 24 team reporting from the southern Iraqi city of Karbala find a previously unthinkable development: demonstrators in the Shiite stronghold protesting against Iran’s interference in Iraq. Waving placards and Iraqi national flags, the crowd in the Shiite holy city of Karbala responds en masse to activist Hussein Sabri’s chants. "No one is honest in this government,” intones Sabri addressing protesters at a Karbala roundabout now named “Freedom Square”. “Corrupt! Corrupt!” the crowd roars its response in unison. Iraqis have been demonstrating in…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Wearing surgical masks, motorcycle helmets and clothes stained with blood and grime, they populate the protest barricades of Baghdad, chanting for the government to fall. Young Iraqis have been out in their thousands since mass anti-government protests kicked off on Oct. 1 in the capital and then quickly spread to the country’s south. More than 300 people have been killed as security forces have responded to the mostly peaceful demonstrations by firing live ammunition, rubber bullets and…
BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces killed at least four anti-government protesters on Thursday as they sought to push them back to their main camp in central Baghdad, police and medics said, but demonstrations resumed at the same spot later in the day. The violence shattered two days of relative calm in Baghdad after weeks of bloody unrest that has killed more than 300 Iraqis as politicians grapple with the biggest challenge in years to their grip on power. The mass protests,…
Most schools in southern Iraq were closed on Tuesday, after teachers announced a general strike in an attempt to boost the protest movement that has rocked the country since October 1. In recent days, security forces have sought to crack down on rallies, but protesters have kept up the movement with sit-ins across the capital and Shiite-majority south. In the southern city of Kut, hundreds of people streamed into the streets and shut down schools and public offices. In Hilla,…
Amnah Ali is carefully putting the gray into the body of a spaceship she's painting on a giant mural at the entrance to a tunnel under Baghdad's Tahrir Square. There's a whiff of smoke and a tart catch of tear gas in the air. She was five when Saddam Hussein's government was toppled in Iraq and the world watched as American troops and Iraqi civilians dragged his statues to the ground. Since then, she's known nothing but sectarian conflict, war…
At least 319 people have been killed in Iraq since the start of anti-government protests in October, according to the Iraqi Parliamentary Human Rights Committee. Four protesters were killed in Baghdad on Saturday after Iraqi Security Forces pushed back hundreds of protesters and burnt several tents that were being used for an overnight sit-in, according to Iraqi activists. Teargas and live ammunition was used by Iraqi security forces in the al Khalani commercial area, about 1 kilometer from Tahrir square -- Iraq's ground zero…
 Hundreds of people have died and tens of thousands have been injured in anti-government protests since October throughout Iraq, a human rights organization said Saturday. In a statement, the Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq said at least 301 have died and nearly 15,000 injured from the use of force against demonstrators and killings by armed elements. The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner said Friday it was "gravely concerned" about a reported 269 deaths and 8,000 injuries,…
Former Hezbollah Secretary General Sobhi al-Tufaily attacked Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, accusing him of being the “greatest protector” of corruption in Iraq and Lebanon.In a video circulated on social media, Tufaily asked: “Isn’t it shameful to accuse those who are complaining of oppression of being agents of foreign countries?”“Are those killed on the streets agents? You claim to be the leader of Muslims, not just Iranians. Does such a leader accept to kill the hungry and protect the corrupt…
Amnesty International has conducted further research into the 40mm “less lethal” grenades killing protesters during the recent violence in Baghdad. The new analysis showed that, in addition to the Serbian Sloboda Ĉaĉak M99 grenades already identified, a significant portion of the deadly projectiles are in fact M651 tear gas grenades and M713 smoke grenades manufactured by the Defense Industries Organization (DIO) of Iran. The Bulgarian company Arsenal has sold grenades and other arms to Iraq, including hand-thrown smoke grenades used…
Scores more were wounded in the clashes as weeks of deadly violence in Iraq over protests against an entrenched political elite showed no signs of abating. Security forces used live fire against protesters near Shuhada Bridge in central Baghdad. Gunfire was used against demonstrators in Basra, the main source of Iraq's oil wealth, who had staged a days-long sit-in. Elsewhere in southern Iraq, dozens of protesters burned tyres and blocked the entrance to the port of Umm Qasr, preventing lorries from transporting food imports,…
Clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters Monday left at least five people dead in the country’s capital, as the sounds of gunfire could be heard echoing through Baghdad’s streets. Demonstrators trying to breach bridges leading to the heavily fortified Green Zone, where the government is headquartered, were met with live fire, tear gas and water cannons after hurling rocks at security forces, according to witnesses. They later appeared to have crossed the bridge and reached the headquarters of Iraq's state-run TV on…
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