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Iraq: Protesters blocking a road leading to a border crossing with Iran

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Security sources said that dozens of protesters in Iraq cut, on Sunday, a road leading to a border crossing with Iran, while other demonstrators closed the road between Wasit Governorate (south) and the capital Baghdad, at a time when security forces broke up Protest by force in Basra, the far south.

Lieutenant in Wasit Police, Tarif Al-Shaalan explained to Anatolia, that dozens of protesters cut off the road linking Kut (the center of the province) and the Badra district (northeast of the province) with car tires and set them on fire.

Al-Shaalan added that this road leads to the Zarbatiyah border crossing (Mehran from the Iranian side). He pointed out that the traffic of the vehicles stopped completely on the road.

In a separate development, Al-Shaalan said that other demonstrators set fire to tires on the road between Wasit Governorate and the capital, Baghdad, causing traffic to be stopped.

He also reported that protesters cut off Al-Mutanabi Bridge, in the center of Kut, after setting fire to tires on both sides of the bridge.

In Basra, a source in the provincial police told Anatolia, “The police forces forcibly dispersed the demonstrators in front of the Basra police headquarters in the city center.”

He added that “the police forces used tear gas and batons to keep the protesters from in front of the police headquarters building.” Noting that “the protesters were demanding the release of colleagues who were arrested in previous days during the protests.”

The demonstrators escalated their protests, today, by closing many universities, schools, government institutions and main roads in the central and southern cities and towns of the country.

The demonstrators headed toward escalation shortly before the deadline given to the authorities to respond to their demands (ending by Monday), as protests are expected to escalate in an unprecedented manner starting from Monday, as promised by the protesters.

The demands of the protesters are focused on assigning an independent person to form a government of non-partisan specialists in preparation for early elections, as well as holding the killers of the demonstrators and activists in the protests accountable.

Iraq has witnessed unprecedented protests since the beginning of last October, interspersed with violence that left 505 dead and more than 17 thousand wounded, most of them protesters, according to the Anatolia census, according to human, medical and security sources.

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