Iraq Protests: Curfew declared as gunfights rage and protests spread nationwide

Internet blockages as death toll from protests mounts in Iraq

An Iraqi protester gestures the v-sign during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services and unemployment at Tayaran square in Baghdad Image Credit: AFP

Baghdad – Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday declared a curfew in Baghdad until further notice after at least seven people were killed and more than 400 were injured during two days of nationwide anti-government protests.

Curfews were imposed earlier in three southern cities while elite counter-terrorism troops opened fire on protesters trying to storm Baghdad airport and deployed to the southern city of Nassiriya after gunfights broke out between protesters and security forces, police sources said.

Demands on Wednesday included the “fall of the regime” and protesters set government and political party buildings ablaze in two other southern provinces.

“We are demanding a change, we want the downfall of the whole government,” said one protester in Baghdad who declined to identify himself for fear of reprisal.

Gulf News

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