Iraqi security forces killed at least 35 protesters today


Today, Thursday, Iraqi security forces killed at least 35 anti-government protesters. In Nassiriya, the birthplace of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, the army fired on protesters blocking a bridge, killing 29 people; in Baghdad security forces fired rubber bullets and not to clear a protest on a bridge over the Tigris River, killing 4 people and injuring more than 20. At least two people (three second BBC) died and 18 were injured in clashes with police in Najaf, after a group of protesters entered the Iranian consulate at night to set it on fire. This is the second attack on an Iranian consulate in Iraq in November, after the one in Karbala three weeks ago.

The protests are directed against the government but many protesters are opposed to the influence of Iran on Iraq's internal policies, which intensified after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Protests in Iraq had begun in October and had turned from the beginning against the Mahdi government, in office for four years, the bad economic conditions in which many Iraqis find themselves, the widespread corruption, the lack of work and the insufficiency of services. So far at least 350 people have been killed in the protests, but despite the violence and the controversial intervention by Iran, the demonstrations did not stop.

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