21 January 2020
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Seven people were killed on Thursday when Iraqi security forces shot live fire and tear gas canisters at demonstrators in Baghdad, security and medical sources said, in renewed deadly violence as authorities seek to crush anti-government protests. The cause of death was live fire and tear gas canisters aimed directly at the head, the sources said, adding that at least 78 people were wounded in the unrest. Police said earlier one protester was killed near Baghdad's Sinak bridge and one near…
A fractured spine, paralysed leg, hole in the back: Hamza took to the streets of Iraq's capital to demand a better life but now he has even less than ever. "This is my sacrifice for Iraq," said the 16-year-old, his strained voice barely audible over the phone in Baghdad. "If I could walk, I would be back in the protests now." Hamza is one of at least 3,000 people who have been maimed in Baghdad and southern Iraq since anti-government…
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said the United States was prepared to impose sanctions on any Iraqi officials found to be corrupt as well as those responsible for the deaths and wounding of peaceful protesters. “We will not stand idle while the corrupt officials make the Iraqi people suffer,” Pompeo told reporters at the State Department. “The United States will use our legal authority to sanction corrupt individuals that are stealing Iraqis’ wealth and…
BAGHDAD — Iraqis flooded the streets of the capital and southern cities on Sunday in a general strike that bolstered the weeks-long movement demanding a government overhaul. Sit-ins have become the go-to tactic for the rallies that erupted in early October in rage over corruption, a lack of jobs and an out-of-touch political class. They have resisted efforts by security forces to snuff them out and on Sunday, thousands came out across the country after activists called for a general…
Iraqi security and medical officials say a protester has been killed by a direct hit to the head from a tear gas cannister amid fresh clashes on a strategic Baghdad bridge An anti-government protester in Iraq was killed Sunday by a direct hit to the head from a tear gas cannister amid fresh clashes on a strategic Baghdad bridge, security and medical officials said. At least 32 others were wounded in violent clashes with security forces, just hours after demonstrators retook control…

Iraqi protesters seize key square in Baghdad Sunday, 17 November 2019 23:12

Iraqi security and medical officials say protesters have pushed closer to the Green Zone, Baghdad’s fortified seat of government, after security forces pulled back Anti-government protesters seized control of a strategic square in central Baghdad on Saturday, as they inched closer toward their goal of reaching the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of government, after days of violent clashes with security forces. An activist involved in the protest movement was shot dead early in the morning, security officials and…
Protesters pushed closer Saturday to a protected area in central Baghdad that houses parliament and several foreign embassies, officials said.  Iraqi security and medical officials said protesters seized control of the strategic Khilani Square and part of a bridge that leads to the Green Zone security area that includes Baghdad's seat of government.  Also, a protester was shot dead early Saturday in northwest Baghdad, security officials and activists told media outlets.  The officials requested to remain anonymous in accordance with regulations.  A late Friday bomb blast at Tahrir Square,…
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,…

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