UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The protests that have been going on in Iraq since 1 October have already killed nearly 100 people. At the same time, nearly 3,000 people were injured and nearly 500 protesters arrested.
93 people have died since the beginning of demonstrations against corruption , unemployment and the decay of public services in Iraq, according to a recent assessment of the government commission on human rights.
Since 1 October, thousands of Iraqis have been taking to the streets to demand the departure of Adel Abdel-Mehdi’s government, which has been in power for about a year. According to human rights activist Moustafa Saadoun contacted by Sputnik, Friday, October 4 was the “most deadly” day of popular protest born of calls on social networks.
At the same time, the Al-Arabiya channel talks about a hundred deaths and 540 arrests in Iraq. Reuters journalists said several protesters were shot dead by police snipers. Security forces on Friday accused “unidentified snipers” of firing on protesters and their members in Baghdad.
According to an NGO, Facebook and Twitter networks as well as the WhatsApp email service are unavailable in the country.
Unprecedented protest movement
Current protests are presented by protesters as “non-partisan” as opposed to previous tribal or confessional mobilizations.
According to the specialist of Iraq Fanar Haddad joined by the AFP, it is “the first time that one hears people claiming the fall of the regime” based on a confessional and ethnic distribution of posts.
In the midst of Iraqi protests, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for restraint at street protests around the world, without citing any country.
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