Graffiti Against Live Fire: This is How Iraqis Protest!

Published November 10th, 2019 - 07:33 GMT

Iraqi protesters are now using Graffiti as a weapon to protest the government. So far, around 300 people were killed and over 15,000 injured during the anti-government rallies.

The Iraqi protests have been going in Baghdad and in several Shiite provinces in the south since October 1st, 2019, against unemployment, government corruption and the lack of basic services.

The violence started in the morning when security forces aimed to wrest back control of three bridges spanning the River Tigris in the heart of Baghdad from protesters.

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Iraqi protesters rest at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi protesters rest at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

An Iraqi protester poses in front of a mural at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

An Iraqi protester poses in front of a mural at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Young Iraqis walk past colourful murals in Baghdad's Tahrir Square as the Iraqi capital braces for another day of anti-government protests on November 6, 2019. A mounting death toll in Baghdad and across southern Iraq coupled with renewed internet restrictions sparked fears that anti-government protests would once again trigger chaos. SABAH ARAR / AFP

Young Iraqis walk past colourful murals in Baghdad's Tahrir Square as the Iraqi capital braces for another day of anti-government protests on November 6, 2019. A mounting death toll in Baghdad and across southern Iraq coupled with renewed internet restrictions sparked fears that anti-government protests would once again trigger chaos. SABAH ARAR / AFP

Iraqi demonstrators rest in front of a mural painting in Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the capital Baghdad on November 2, 2019. The demonstrations have evolved since October 1 from rage over corruption and unemployment to demands for a total government overhaul, shunning both politicians and religious figures along the way. SABAH ARAR / AFP

Iraqi demonstrators rest in front of a mural painting in Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the capital Baghdad on November 2, 2019. The demonstrations have evolved since October 1 from rage over corruption and unemployment to demands for a total government overhaul, shunning both politicians and religious figures along the way. SABAH ARAR / AFP

An Iraqi girl walks past a mural during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the southern city of Basra on October 31, 2019. Iraqi security forces are using skull-piercing tear gas canisters against protesters, killing at least five in an "unprecedented" use of the weapon, Amnesty International said. Anti-government demonstrations have rocked the Iraqi capital and its south this month, leaving more than 250 people dead so far -- around half of them in the capital.   Hussein FALEH / AFP

An Iraqi girl walks past a mural during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the southern city of Basra on October 31, 2019. Iraqi security forces are using skull-piercing tear gas canisters against protesters, killing at least five in an "unprecedented" use of the weapon, Amnesty International said. Anti-government demonstrations have rocked the Iraqi capital and its south this month, leaving more than 250 people dead so far -- around half of them in the capital. Hussein FALEH / AFP

An Iraqi demonstrator clad with the national flag rests in front of a mural which reads "we want a homeland", amid ongoing anti-government protests in the capital Baghdad on November 3, 2019. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new wave of civil disobedience, escalating their month-long movement demanding wholesale change of the political system. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

An Iraqi demonstrator clad with the national flag rests in front of a mural which reads "we want a homeland", amid ongoing anti-government protests in the capital Baghdad on November 3, 2019. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new wave of civil disobedience, escalating their month-long movement demanding wholesale change of the political system. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi demonstrators walk by a graffiti-filled wall in Tahrir square in the capital Baghdad on November 3, 2019, amid ongoing anti-government protests. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new wave of civil disobedience, escalating their month-long movement demanding wholesale change of the political system. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi demonstrators walk by a graffiti-filled wall in Tahrir square in the capital Baghdad on November 3, 2019, amid ongoing anti-government protests. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new wave of civil disobedience, escalating their month-long movement demanding wholesale change of the political system. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi women are pictured in front of a colourful mural in Baghdad on November 6, 2019 representing Iraqi TV channels, "that do not want to see, hear or speak about" the anti-government protests that have engulfed Iraq since early October. A mounting death toll in Baghdad and across southern Iraq coupled with renewed internet restrictions sparked fears that anti-government protests would once again trigger chaos. SABAH ARAR / AFP

Iraqi women are pictured in front of a colourful mural in Baghdad on November 6, 2019 representing Iraqi TV channels, "that do not want to see, hear or speak about" the anti-government protests that have engulfed Iraq since early October. A mounting death toll in Baghdad and across southern Iraq coupled with renewed internet restrictions sparked fears that anti-government protests would once again trigger chaos. SABAH ARAR / AFP

Iraqi protesters paint a mural at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi protesters paint a mural at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqis walk past graffiti hailing Iraq's tuk-tuk drivers who have been helping protesters in Baghdad's Tahrir square, as the Iraqi capital braces for another day of protests on November 6, 2019. Arabic slogans on the wall read: "Our Tuk-tuk drivers are in the fire, they help others.. they are better than America and Iran together." The drivers of the motorised rickshaws, typically seen in poorer parts of the capital, have become the unofficial heros of the protest movement. SABAH ARAR / AFP

Iraqis walk past graffiti hailing Iraq's tuk-tuk drivers who have been helping protesters in Baghdad's Tahrir square, as the Iraqi capital braces for another day of protests on November 6, 2019. Arabic slogans on the wall read: "Our Tuk-tuk drivers are in the fire, they help others.. they are better than America and Iran together." The drivers of the motorised rickshaws, typically seen in poorer parts of the capital, have become the unofficial heros of the protest movement. SABAH ARAR / AFP

Iraqi protesters block the highway leading to Umm Qasr port during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in southern Iraq on November 3, 2019. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new campaign of civil disobedience Sunday, escalating their month-long movement demanding change to the political system. Hussein FALEH / AFP

Iraqi protesters block the highway leading to Umm Qasr port during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in southern Iraq on November 3, 2019. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new campaign of civil disobedience Sunday, escalating their month-long movement demanding change to the political system. Hussein FALEH / AFP

Iraqi protesters rest at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
An Iraqi protester poses in front of a mural at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Young Iraqis walk past colourful murals in Baghdad's Tahrir Square as the Iraqi capital braces for another day of anti-government protests on November 6, 2019. A mounting death toll in Baghdad and across southern Iraq coupled with renewed internet restrictions sparked fears that anti-government protests would once again trigger chaos. SABAH ARAR / AFP
Iraqi demonstrators rest in front of a mural painting in Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the capital Baghdad on November 2, 2019. The demonstrations have evolved since October 1 from rage over corruption and unemployment to demands for a total government overhaul, shunning both politicians and religious figures along the way. SABAH ARAR / AFP
An Iraqi girl walks past a mural during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the southern city of Basra on October 31, 2019. Iraqi security forces are using skull-piercing tear gas canisters against protesters, killing at least five in an "unprecedented" use of the weapon, Amnesty International said. Anti-government demonstrations have rocked the Iraqi capital and its south this month, leaving more than 250 people dead so far -- around half of them in the capital.   Hussein FALEH / AFP
An Iraqi demonstrator clad with the national flag rests in front of a mural which reads "we want a homeland", amid ongoing anti-government protests in the capital Baghdad on November 3, 2019. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new wave of civil disobedience, escalating their month-long movement demanding wholesale change of the political system. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi demonstrators walk by a graffiti-filled wall in Tahrir square in the capital Baghdad on November 3, 2019, amid ongoing anti-government protests. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new wave of civil disobedience, escalating their month-long movement demanding wholesale change of the political system. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi women are pictured in front of a colourful mural in Baghdad on November 6, 2019 representing Iraqi TV channels, "that do not want to see, hear or speak about" the anti-government protests that have engulfed Iraq since early October. A mounting death toll in Baghdad and across southern Iraq coupled with renewed internet restrictions sparked fears that anti-government protests would once again trigger chaos. SABAH ARAR / AFP
Iraqi protesters paint a mural at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqis walk past graffiti hailing Iraq's tuk-tuk drivers who have been helping protesters in Baghdad's Tahrir square, as the Iraqi capital braces for another day of protests on November 6, 2019. Arabic slogans on the wall read: "Our Tuk-tuk drivers are in the fire, they help others.. they are better than America and Iran together." The drivers of the motorised rickshaws, typically seen in poorer parts of the capital, have become the unofficial heros of the protest movement. SABAH ARAR / AFP
Iraqi protesters block the highway leading to Umm Qasr port during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in southern Iraq on November 3, 2019. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new campaign of civil disobedience Sunday, escalating their month-long movement demanding change to the political system. Hussein FALEH / AFP
Iraqi protesters rest at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi protesters rest at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
An Iraqi protester poses in front of a mural at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
An Iraqi protester poses in front of a mural at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Young Iraqis walk past colourful murals in Baghdad's Tahrir Square as the Iraqi capital braces for another day of anti-government protests on November 6, 2019. A mounting death toll in Baghdad and across southern Iraq coupled with renewed internet restrictions sparked fears that anti-government protests would once again trigger chaos. SABAH ARAR / AFP
Young Iraqis walk past colourful murals in Baghdad's Tahrir Square as the Iraqi capital braces for another day of anti-government protests on November 6, 2019. A mounting death toll in Baghdad and across southern Iraq coupled with renewed internet restrictions sparked fears that anti-government protests would once again trigger chaos. SABAH ARAR / AFP
Iraqi demonstrators rest in front of a mural painting in Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the capital Baghdad on November 2, 2019. The demonstrations have evolved since October 1 from rage over corruption and unemployment to demands for a total government overhaul, shunning both politicians and religious figures along the way. SABAH ARAR / AFP
Iraqi demonstrators rest in front of a mural painting in Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the capital Baghdad on November 2, 2019. The demonstrations have evolved since October 1 from rage over corruption and unemployment to demands for a total government overhaul, shunning both politicians and religious figures along the way. SABAH ARAR / AFP
An Iraqi girl walks past a mural during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the southern city of Basra on October 31, 2019. Iraqi security forces are using skull-piercing tear gas canisters against protesters, killing at least five in an "unprecedented" use of the weapon, Amnesty International said. Anti-government demonstrations have rocked the Iraqi capital and its south this month, leaving more than 250 people dead so far -- around half of them in the capital.   Hussein FALEH / AFP
An Iraqi girl walks past a mural during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the southern city of Basra on October 31, 2019. Iraqi security forces are using skull-piercing tear gas canisters against protesters, killing at least five in an "unprecedented" use of the weapon, Amnesty International said. Anti-government demonstrations have rocked the Iraqi capital and its south this month, leaving more than 250 people dead so far -- around half of them in the capital. Hussein FALEH / AFP
An Iraqi demonstrator clad with the national flag rests in front of a mural which reads "we want a homeland", amid ongoing anti-government protests in the capital Baghdad on November 3, 2019. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new wave of civil disobedience, escalating their month-long movement demanding wholesale change of the political system. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
An Iraqi demonstrator clad with the national flag rests in front of a mural which reads "we want a homeland", amid ongoing anti-government protests in the capital Baghdad on November 3, 2019. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new wave of civil disobedience, escalating their month-long movement demanding wholesale change of the political system. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi demonstrators walk by a graffiti-filled wall in Tahrir square in the capital Baghdad on November 3, 2019, amid ongoing anti-government protests. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new wave of civil disobedience, escalating their month-long movement demanding wholesale change of the political system. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi demonstrators walk by a graffiti-filled wall in Tahrir square in the capital Baghdad on November 3, 2019, amid ongoing anti-government protests. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new wave of civil disobedience, escalating their month-long movement demanding wholesale change of the political system. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi women are pictured in front of a colourful mural in Baghdad on November 6, 2019 representing Iraqi TV channels, "that do not want to see, hear or speak about" the anti-government protests that have engulfed Iraq since early October. A mounting death toll in Baghdad and across southern Iraq coupled with renewed internet restrictions sparked fears that anti-government protests would once again trigger chaos. SABAH ARAR / AFP
Iraqi women are pictured in front of a colourful mural in Baghdad on November 6, 2019 representing Iraqi TV channels, "that do not want to see, hear or speak about" the anti-government protests that have engulfed Iraq since early October. A mounting death toll in Baghdad and across southern Iraq coupled with renewed internet restrictions sparked fears that anti-government protests would once again trigger chaos. SABAH ARAR / AFP
Iraqi protesters paint a mural at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi protesters paint a mural at Baghdad's Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on November 2, 2019. Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the early hours of Saturday near the capital's Tahrir Square, leaving one demonstrator dead and dozens more wounded, medical sources said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqis walk past graffiti hailing Iraq's tuk-tuk drivers who have been helping protesters in Baghdad's Tahrir square, as the Iraqi capital braces for another day of protests on November 6, 2019. Arabic slogans on the wall read: "Our Tuk-tuk drivers are in the fire, they help others.. they are better than America and Iran together." The drivers of the motorised rickshaws, typically seen in poorer parts of the capital, have become the unofficial heros of the protest movement. SABAH ARAR / AFP
Iraqis walk past graffiti hailing Iraq's tuk-tuk drivers who have been helping protesters in Baghdad's Tahrir square, as the Iraqi capital braces for another day of protests on November 6, 2019. Arabic slogans on the wall read: "Our Tuk-tuk drivers are in the fire, they help others.. they are better than America and Iran together." The drivers of the motorised rickshaws, typically seen in poorer parts of the capital, have become the unofficial heros of the protest movement. SABAH ARAR / AFP
Iraqi protesters block the highway leading to Umm Qasr port during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in southern Iraq on November 3, 2019. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new campaign of civil disobedience Sunday, escalating their month-long movement demanding change to the political system. Hussein FALEH / AFP
Iraqi protesters block the highway leading to Umm Qasr port during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in southern Iraq on November 3, 2019. Protesters in Iraq's capital and the country's south shut down streets and government offices in a new campaign of civil disobedience Sunday, escalating their month-long movement demanding change to the political system. Hussein FALEH / AFP