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Iraq: Protests continue in Baghdad despite plea by PM02:10

Iraq: Protests continue in Baghdad despite plea by PM

Iraq, Baghdad
November 4, 2019 at 18:55 GMT -00:00 · Published

Amid ongoing unrest in Iraq, protesters were blocking vital roads and streets in central Baghdad on Monday in spite of a nation-wide call by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to ease the protests late Sunday.

Footage shows protesters on Hafiz Alqadhi Square and streets leading up to Ahrar Bridge, one of the bridges blocked by protesters. The streets are swarming with ambulances and three-wheeled tuk-tuks. Medics tend to the injured as smoke rises in the distance seemingly from the bridge blockade site.

Several people were allegedly killed and injured when Iraqi forces opened fire on protesters scaling barricades on Ahrar Bridge.

Protests began in early October, with people taking to the streets over several grievances, including corruption, unemployment and lack of basic services in the country. However, demonstrations were suspended after the security forces started using live ammunition, reportedly killing 150 people.

Iraq: Protests continue in Baghdad despite plea by PM02:10
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Amid ongoing unrest in Iraq, protesters were blocking vital roads and streets in central Baghdad on Monday in spite of a nation-wide call by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to ease the protests late Sunday.

Footage shows protesters on Hafiz Alqadhi Square and streets leading up to Ahrar Bridge, one of the bridges blocked by protesters. The streets are swarming with ambulances and three-wheeled tuk-tuks. Medics tend to the injured as smoke rises in the distance seemingly from the bridge blockade site.

Several people were allegedly killed and injured when Iraqi forces opened fire on protesters scaling barricades on Ahrar Bridge.

Protests began in early October, with people taking to the streets over several grievances, including corruption, unemployment and lack of basic services in the country. However, demonstrations were suspended after the security forces started using live ammunition, reportedly killing 150 people.

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