Two Protesters Killed in Iraq Amid Clashes With Security Forces

Published November 21st, 2019 - 10:57 GMT
An Iraqi youth, wearing the DC comic Joker character's make up, smiles to the camera in Baghdad's Tahrir Square as anti-government protests continue across the country on November 20, 2019. (AFP/ File Photo)
An Iraqi youth, wearing the DC comic Joker character's make up, smiles to the camera in Baghdad's Tahrir Square as anti-government protests continue across the country on November 20, 2019. (AFP/ File Photo)
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Anti-government protesters stage a sit-in on the Ahrar Bridge, in Baghdad, Iraq.

Renewed clashes overnight in Baghdad between anti-government demonstrators and security forces killed two protesters, security and hospital officials said Thursday.

The altercations on two strategic bridges in the capital also left at least 36 people wounded, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. Both bridges appeared to be calm by morning hours.

One protester was killed when security forces used live rounds to repel demonstrators on Ahrar Bridge. The other protester was killed when a tear gas canister was fired, hitting him in the head, on Sinak Bridge.

 

Protesters have been occupying parts of Baghdad´s three main bridges - Sinak and Ahrar and Jumurhiya - leading to the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq´s government.

At least 320 protesters have been killed and thousands have been wounded since the unrest began on Oct. 1, when demonstrators took to the streets to decry rampant government corruption and lack of basic services despite Iraq´s oil wealth.

The protests are an eruption of public anger against a ruling elite seen as enriching itself off the state and serving foreign powers, especially Iran, as many Iraqis languish in poverty without jobs, healthcare or education.

The leaderless movement seeks to dismantle the sectarian system and unseat the government, including Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

The unrest has shattered the relative calm that followed the defeat of ISIS in 2017.
 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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