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Baghdad in flames again: anti-government protests in Iraq

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The curfew has been declared in Baghdad, where protests against corruption and high unemployment are taking place.

There are already 30 dead and 650 wounded following the riots in Iraq.

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The demonstrations erupted Tuesday in the Iraqi capital. On Wednesday, protests spread to several other provinces. The dispersal of the crowd left 12 dead and 650 wounded.

Demonstrators demanding the resignation of Adel Abdel Mahdi’s cabinet, improving living conditions, solving problems in the health sector, education and the labor market, as well as the fight against corruption.

The demonstrations, which began peacefully, have degenerated in several places, including the capital, riots and clashes with the police.

Protesters storm and burn local government buildings, block roads, confront police officers who use tear gas and even firearms against the crowd.

Security services in Baghdad have blocked three bridges leading to the Green Zone where government buildings and embassies are located. On the night of Wednesday to Thursday, explosions sounded in this neighborhood after the impact of two rockets. The first fell near the Turkish embassy, ​​the second near the al-Khariya bridge. No casualties have been reported.

Iraqi policemen use water cannons to disperse protesters in Baghdad.

Iraqi Defense Minister Najah al-Shammari on Wednesday ordered all military units to be on high alert in the face of riots in the country.

Protesters blocked the road to the capital’s international airport. According to the authorities, the navigation at the airport is maintained at normal speed.

According to the media, Facebook, WhatsApp and other social networking applications have been partially blocked. Calls for protests and videos of the venues were broadcast.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has announced a curfew in the Iraqi capital from five o’clock on Thursday, the Iraqi news agency INA reported. The curfew will be in effect until further notice.

Curfew was also imposed in the provinces of Waist and Dhi Qar.

Popular protests took place a year ago in the south of the country, mainly in the port city of Basra. Protesters protested against unemployment and the deterioration of the state of communal services.

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