Iraq PM orders Baghdad curfew lifted after dozens killed in protests

Iraqi PM Adel Abdul Mahdi announced he would lift the curfew on Baghdad that was imposed last Thursday to slow the continuing spread of protests across Iraq’s cities against corruption, unemployment and poor public services. The Iraqi Human Rights Commission reported that 73 had died in clashes between thousands of protesters and police since last Tuesday, including 6 security officers, and more than 3,000 others were injured. The unrest centers on the Shiite-dominated south as well as Baghdad and is supported by leading Shiite figures. Muqtada al-Sadr, whose bloc won the largest number of seats in last year’s elections, called for the government to resign and a snap election under international monitors. Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, urged restraint on both sides in a sermon. He criticized Iraqi leaders for failing to eradicate corruption and urged them to heed the protesters’ demands “before it is too late.”

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3 thoughts on “Iraq PM orders Baghdad curfew lifted after dozens killed in protests

  • Oct 5, 2019 @ 11:27 at 11:27

    Primitive Iranians, you think hegemony can be established old style, like the day’s of Cyrus, in this age of information, tables and smart phones,it needs higher ideology than simple Shia Mahdi doctrine, you don’t have the capacity and you shall collapse even within Iran itsef, people need food and comfort , idioters.

  • Oct 5, 2019 @ 14:29 at 14:29

    Israel should learn from Iran how to deal with disturbances


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