Anti-Govt Protests Turn Deadly in Baghdad

Published July 28th, 2020 - 06:23 GMT

On Sunday, Iraqis staged angry rallies in the capital and several southern cities. They turned violent in Baghdad's main protest camp of Tahrir Square.

Protests turned deadly in Baghdad after clashes between Iraqi protesters and security forces in central Baghdad as at least two demonstrators were killed overnight, security and medical sources said on Monday.

Iraq's prime minister demanded an immediate investigation into the deaths of two demonstrators which threaten to reignite an unprecedented protest movement against government graft and incompetence that erupted across Baghdad and southern Iraq in October.

Around 550 people were killed in the previous wave of rallies and another 30,000 wounded.

Security forces tried to contain the march and fired tear gas, police, medics and protesters said. Protesters threw stones and petrol bombs.

Iraq’s biggest anti-government protests for decades broke out last October and continued for several months with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis demanding jobs, services and the removal of the country’s ruling elite, which they say is corrupt.

The months-long protests caused the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who was replaced in May by incumbent Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
 

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An Iraqi demonstrator gestures during clashes with security forces in al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad on July 27, 2020 during the ongoing anti-government protest due to poor public services. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

An Iraqi demonstrator gestures during clashes with security forces in al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad on July 27, 2020 during the ongoing anti-government protest due to poor public services. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad on July 27, 2020 during the ongoing anti-government protest due to poor public services. Ahmad AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad on July 27, 2020 during the ongoing anti-government protest due to poor public services. Ahmad AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in a square in central Baghdad Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in a square in central Baghdad (AFP Photo/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)

Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in a square in central Baghdad Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in a square in central Baghdad (AFP Photo/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)

An Iraqi youth pours water over his head to cool down as temperatures soared in Baghdad, standing amid the remains of a protest tent that was burnt the previous night in the capital's Tahrir Square (AFP Photo/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)

An Iraqi youth pours water over his head to cool down as temperatures soared in Baghdad, standing amid the remains of a protest tent that was burnt the previous night in the capital's Tahrir Square (AFP Photo/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)

An Iraqi youth in Baghdad (Twitter)

An Iraqi youth in Baghdad (Twitter)

Iraqi demonstrators in Baghdad (Twitter)

Iraqi demonstrators in Baghdad (Twitter)

Two demonstrators died in Baghdad early Monday after being shot in confrontations with security forces (Twitter)

Two demonstrators died in Baghdad early Monday after being shot in confrontations with security forces (Twitter)

Two demonstrators died in Baghdad early Monday after being shot in confrontations with security forces (Twitter)

Two demonstrators died in Baghdad early Monday after being shot in confrontations with security forces (Twitter)

Security forces have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse more than 1,000 protesters in central Baghdad. Iraq is considered the 12th most corrupt country in the world according to Transparency International. Power cuts are rampant, water shortages are common and unemployment is high, particularly among youth. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/ AFP)

Security forces have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse more than 1,000 protesters in central Baghdad. Iraq is considered the 12th most corrupt country in the world according to Transparency International. Power cuts are rampant, water shortages are common and unemployment is high, particularly among youth. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/ AFP)

Since 1 October, thousands of people have descended on Baghdad’s Tahrir Square protesting the lack of jobs, poor working conditions and widespread corruption. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/ AFP)

Since 1 October, thousands of people have descended on Baghdad’s Tahrir Square protesting the lack of jobs, poor working conditions and widespread corruption. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/ AFP)

An Iraqi demonstrator gestures during clashes with security forces in al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad on July 27, 2020 during the ongoing anti-government protest due to poor public services. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad on July 27, 2020 during the ongoing anti-government protest due to poor public services. Ahmad AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in a square in central Baghdad Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in a square in central Baghdad (AFP Photo/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
An Iraqi youth pours water over his head to cool down as temperatures soared in Baghdad, standing amid the remains of a protest tent that was burnt the previous night in the capital's Tahrir Square (AFP Photo/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
An Iraqi youth in Baghdad (Twitter)
Iraqi demonstrators in Baghdad (Twitter)
Two demonstrators died in Baghdad early Monday after being shot in confrontations with security forces (Twitter)
Two demonstrators died in Baghdad early Monday after being shot in confrontations with security forces (Twitter)
Security forces have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse more than 1,000 protesters in central Baghdad. Iraq is considered the 12th most corrupt country in the world according to Transparency International. Power cuts are rampant, water shortages are common and unemployment is high, particularly among youth. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/ AFP)
Since 1 October, thousands of people have descended on Baghdad’s Tahrir Square protesting the lack of jobs, poor working conditions and widespread corruption. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/ AFP)
An Iraqi demonstrator gestures during clashes with security forces in al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad on July 27, 2020 during the ongoing anti-government protest due to poor public services. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
An Iraqi demonstrator gestures during clashes with security forces in al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad on July 27, 2020 during the ongoing anti-government protest due to poor public services. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad on July 27, 2020 during the ongoing anti-government protest due to poor public services. Ahmad AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad on July 27, 2020 during the ongoing anti-government protest due to poor public services. Ahmad AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in a square in central Baghdad Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in a square in central Baghdad (AFP Photo/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in a square in central Baghdad Iraqi demonstrators clash with security forces in a square in central Baghdad (AFP Photo/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
An Iraqi youth pours water over his head to cool down as temperatures soared in Baghdad, standing amid the remains of a protest tent that was burnt the previous night in the capital's Tahrir Square (AFP Photo/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
An Iraqi youth pours water over his head to cool down as temperatures soared in Baghdad, standing amid the remains of a protest tent that was burnt the previous night in the capital's Tahrir Square (AFP Photo/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
An Iraqi youth in Baghdad (Twitter)
An Iraqi youth in Baghdad (Twitter)
Iraqi demonstrators in Baghdad (Twitter)
Iraqi demonstrators in Baghdad (Twitter)
Two demonstrators died in Baghdad early Monday after being shot in confrontations with security forces (Twitter)
Two demonstrators died in Baghdad early Monday after being shot in confrontations with security forces (Twitter)
Two demonstrators died in Baghdad early Monday after being shot in confrontations with security forces (Twitter)
Two demonstrators died in Baghdad early Monday after being shot in confrontations with security forces (Twitter)
Security forces have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse more than 1,000 protesters in central Baghdad. Iraq is considered the 12th most corrupt country in the world according to Transparency International. Power cuts are rampant, water shortages are common and unemployment is high, particularly among youth. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/ AFP)
Security forces have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse more than 1,000 protesters in central Baghdad. Iraq is considered the 12th most corrupt country in the world according to Transparency International. Power cuts are rampant, water shortages are common and unemployment is high, particularly among youth. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/ AFP)
Since 1 October, thousands of people have descended on Baghdad’s Tahrir Square protesting the lack of jobs, poor working conditions and widespread corruption. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/ AFP)
Since 1 October, thousands of people have descended on Baghdad’s Tahrir Square protesting the lack of jobs, poor working conditions and widespread corruption. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/ AFP)