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104 people killed in protests in Iraq

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — During the mass protests in Iraq, 104 people were killed, more than 6 thousand were injured, the Iraqi news agency INA reports with reference to the speaker of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Arab Republic.

Among the dead – eight law enforcement officers, the rest are demonstrators. Of the dead, two policemen, as well as two protesters, were reportedly shot dead by “unknown snipers.”

Residents of Baghdad and other cities of Iraq, where popular protest rallies demanding the resignation of the government, the removal of all political parties from power and normalization of the living conditions of the population, have been able to take to the streets on Sunday for the first time in five days.

According to the Iraqi News Agency, the demonstrations in Iraqi cities temporarily stopped, schools, universities and government agencies opened in the capital, and the Internet was restored.

At the same time, the demonstrators are not going to stop the protests. According to eyewitnesses, despite heavy patrolling of the capital by Iraqi security forces, protesters gather in areas adjacent to the central “green” metropolitan area.

Since October 1, anti-government protests have been held in Iraq, which began with calls to go out, distributed on social networks, with demands to strengthen the fight against corruption, reduce unemployment, and improve the work of public utilities.

These protests were the first since the appointment of the government of Adel Abdel Mahdi a year ago. During the rallies there are riots and clashes between demonstrators and security forces who use weapons.

Physicians, in turn, report about 113 dead and more than 4 thousand injured, 200 of them are in serious condition. Not a single party or political leader claimed to be behind these protests. The UN has demanded an end to violence against civilians in Iraq and an open investigation into the deaths of peaceful protesters.

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