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World Iraq protests: At least two dead as security forces use tear gas

16:25  25 october  2019
16:25  25 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

At least 40 killed as fresh protests engulf Iraq

  At least 40 killed as fresh protests engulf Iraq At least 40 protesters were killed in Iraq on Friday when security forces used tear gas and an Iranian-backed militia opened fire to try to quell renewed demonstrations against corruption and economic hardship, security sources said. © ASSOCIATED PRESS Iraqi security forces fire tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters during a demonstration in central Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.

At least two people were killed and 200 wounded in clashes in Iraq on Tuesday as security forces used tear gas , water cannon and live Protesters refused to leave and so security forces opened fire. Since similar but more deadly protests took place last year, public anger has simmered over a

But protesters were repelled by police using water cannon, stun grenades and tear gas . At least two people were killed and 200 wounded in what was some of the worst unrest to take place in the Iraqi capital Authorities said the security forces were working to ensure the safety of peaceful protesters .

At least two people have died as protests intensified in Iraq, with security forces using tear gas to repel demonstrators from approaching government buildings Friday, a member of the Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq has told CNN.

Iraq forces try to clear lingering protesters after bloodshed

  Iraq forces try to clear lingering protesters after bloodshed Iraqi security forces fired tear gas to clear lingering protesters in Baghdad on Saturday morning, after dozens died in a bloody resumption of anti-government rallies to be discussed in parliament. Since anti-government rallies first erupted on October 1, nearly 200 people have died and thousands were wounded in Baghdad and across the country's Shiite-majority south in violence condemned worldwide.

In multiple cities, clashes between protestors and security forces have turned violent. At least eight people have died and more than 300 left injured this week Iraqi security forces fired tear gas , water cannon and live ammunition to disperse the angry protesters , according to a joint statement released

Image caption Iraqi security forces blocked protesters as they tried to reach government buildings. Security forces in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have fired tear gas to disperse However, pictures from the scene did show at least one person, apparently hit by a canister, lying motionless on the street.

The official added that at least 95 other people were suffering from the effects of exposure to tear gas.

Hundreds of protesters gathered early Friday in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad for anti-government protests. Some attempted to enter the Green Zone by removing concrete walls placed by security forces on the bridge leading into the fortified area where the Iraqi Parliament and several Western embassies are situated, including the US embassy.

The Green Zone, an area carved out of central Baghdad by U.S.-led forces after their invasion of Iraq in 2003, is seen by many Iraqis as a virtual city within a city where privileged residents enjoy more security and better public services than elsewhere in Baghdad.

In a televised speech Friday, Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said a ministerial reshuffle would take place next week, focusing on "competencies and independence of ministers and increasing presence of women and youth."

Students defy prime minister to join Iraq protests

  Students defy prime minister to join Iraq protests Iraqi security forces on Monday fired tear gas at school and university students who defied a warning from the prime minister and joined anti-government protests that have left more than 200 people dead over the past month. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Iraqi security forces fired live rounds to disperse crowds of protesters in Baghdad on Friday, as the death toll from days of anti-government unrest has reached at least 42, according Security forces have responded to the protests with live ammunition, water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets.

Anti-government protesters defied a curfew Thursday as Iraqi security forces used live Politicians denounced the violence and at least one, influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, called for an Iraq imposes curfew in southern cities as deadly protests spread. Iraqi protests turn deadly as security

''We will reduce the salaries of the three presidencies (President, Prime Minister and speaker of Parliament), lawmakers, special degrees, and directors to half salary," he continued.

''The resignation of the government today without providing a constitutional alternative would lead the country to chaos.''

Earlier this month Iraqi government forces killed more than 100 protesters and wounded more than 5,000 people during a six-day period of protests. Across multiple cities there were mass protests against unemployment, government corruption, and a lack of basic services.

Iraqi President Barham Salih in an October 7 televised speech condemned using lethal force against protesters in Baghdad and ordered the opening of a "a judicial investigation" into the deaths.

"Targeting peaceful demonstrators and security forces by live bullets, and targeting the media and journalists is unacceptable in Iraq that we have embraced and pledged to make it a democracy in which the rights and freedoms are respected," Salih said.

Three protesters killed in Iraq's Karbala near Iran consulate: medics .
Three protesters were shot dead overnight during a demonstration outside the Iranian consulate in Iraq's holy city of Karbala, the head of the forensics department there told AFP on Monday. AFP correspondents witnessed protesters left motionless after suffering gunshot wounds, and the forensic medicine department later confirmed three people died. More than 250 people have lost their lives since anti-government rallies broke out in Iraq on October 1, but officials have stopped providing casualty numbers.

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