Demonstrations in several Iraqi cities and clashes in Basra


Published: 2020-11-02 11:13

Last Updated: 2024-06-18 18:12

Demonstrations in several Iraqi cities and clashes in Basra
Demonstrations in several Iraqi cities and clashes in Basra

Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated against the government Sunday, especially in Baghdad, where the authorities reopened Tahrir Square to traffic after removing tents that had been set up by the protest movement, and in Basra, where security forces shot to disperse the demonstrators.

In Basra, in the south of the country, police and army personnel fired in the air to disperse about 500 demonstrators who threw stones at the soldiers, according to an AFP correspondent.

In the southern city of Kut, where anti-regime activists were assassinated in recent days, dozens demonstrated against the government and to demand that those responsible for the killing of more than 600 people be brought to justice during the "October Revolution" that began a year ago.

In the city of Hilla, the capital of Babel Governorate, south of Baghdad, dozens of students demonstrated, waving banners calling for justice for the demonstrators who were killed or kidnapped months ago, and their fate remains unknown.

A week ago, the demonstrators commemorated the first anniversary of the "October Revolution". After thousands participated in demonstrations in several Iraqi cities, things calmed down and the authorities reopened squares and bridges, closed a year ago, to traffic.

Abdullah Ahmed, a student in Hilla, told France Press that the protest movement continues and has not died.

In turn, the student Abrar Ahmed stressed the continuation of the protest movement for the sake of "the blood of our martyrs and for the love of our country," and said, "This is our revolution and we must continue with it because none of our demands have been fulfilled."

In Nasiriyah, the historical stronghold of the revolutions in Iraq, demonstrators blocked a main road with burning tires to demand better public services and secure jobs in one of the world's richest countries in oil, knowing that the poverty rate in Iraq is close to 40 percent.

In Baghdad, hundreds of young men gathered in Tahrir Square, where government forces removed the tents on Saturday and pictures of the "martyrs" of the protest movement, in a move aimed at "restoring normal life."