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Protests In Iraq Continue, More Than 70 Killed By Security Forces In Three Days


Protests In Iraq Continue, More Than 70 Killed By Security Forces In Three Days

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Protests in Iraq continued on October 25th, 26th and 27th, as more than 74 protesters were killed in clashes with security forces.

The total death toll since the protests started on October 1st and lasted until October 9th, and then returned from October 24th stands at upwards of 230 people.

Protesters stormed and occupied government buildings in Baghdad.

Throughout October 27th security forces fired teargas at groups of young men wearing heavy duty gloves who rushed at the canisters and threw them back. Protesters also barricaded a bridge leading to the capital’s fortified Green Zone.

On the same day, several schools and universities were joining the protests and stopping their activities, many students were protesting on campus, while some went to the main gather spots, such as the Tahrir Square in Baghdad.

A spokesman for the prime minister threatened that any further disruption to schools would earn protesters “severe punishment.”

Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service said it had deployed in the streets of Baghdad to protect important state buildings “from undisciplined elements.”

Iraqi President Barham Saleh met the United Nations’ top representative in the country Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert to discuss electoral reform and amendments to the constitution, which dates back to 2005.

Earlier, Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Mahdi proposed a list of reforms including hiring drives, increased pensions and promises to counter corruption.

Some Iraqi members of parliament already resigned over the weekend.

Parliament’s only two Communist MPs and two legislators linked to former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced they were stepping down.

“We are resigning because of the protests and the way they were repressed,” Communist lawmaker Raed Fahmy told AFP.

There have been curfews imposed in many cities, including Baghdad and Basra, but demonstrations continued despite them. Some of the casualties came as a result of attempts by security forces to disperse protests after curfew.

The situation appears to be in a sort of standstill, with security forces responding strongly and killing protesters, while the government and, specifically, Prime Minister refuse to assume responsibility and are distancing themselves from the killings, all the while doing very little to reduce tensions or meet protester demands.




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