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Protesters run from gunfire in Iraq

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Protesters ran from gunfire Friday, October 4, in Nassiriya, Iraq. Officials said nine people were killed Friday afternoon in Baghdad’s central area of Gailani, near Tahrir Square, where the protests in the capital have been concentrated.

The office of the U.N. high commissioner for human rights has harshly criticized Iraq’s deadly crackdown on people protesting against corruption, lack of jobs and basic services, including electricity and clean water.

More than 30 people reportedly have been killed in a series of demonstrations in Iraq this week. Hundreds have been injured and dozens detained.

The U.N. human rights agency says it considers Iraq’s response to the peaceful demonstrations excessive and unjustified. It urges Iraqi authorities to talk with protestors, who it says have legitimate grievances that need to be heard.

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