Iraq: Violence in Baghdad: Security forces take action against protests

Iraq: Violence in Baghdad: Security forces take action against protests

         Iraq Violence in Baghdad: Security forces take action against protests Iraqi media speak of an unprecedented approach by the security forces. Since October 2019 more than 460 people have been killed in the protests. There have been clashes between demonstrators and security forces in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Special forces have used violence against protest camps to reopen squares, streets and bridges in the city center, eyewitnesses and Iraqi media reported on Saturday. The units also set fire to protest tents. The Iraqi TV station Al-Sharqia spoke of an unprecedented approach by the security forces. Eyewitnesses and the media also reported injuries, including tear gas. The security forces advanced to Tahrir Square in Baghdad, the main center of the demonstrations in Iraq. In Baghdad and in the south of the country there have been protests against the government, mismanagement and widespread corruption since October. According to the human rights commission elected by parliament, more than 460 people were killed and more than 20 000 injured. Human rights defenders accuse the security forces of using violence disproportionately. The demonstrations led to Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi’s resignation. The government in Iraq, dominated by the majority of the Shiites, maintains good relations with Iran, which is also Shiite. Eyewitnesses said Saturday that the supporters of the influential Shiite preacher Muktada al-Sadr had withdrawn from the demonstrations and dissolved their protest camps. Al-Sadr is one of the most important politicians in the country. In the general election 2018, his block won the most votes. The populist preacher has repeatedly criticized corruption and demanded political reforms in recent months. On Friday, tens of thousands of Al-Sadr’s supporters called for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq in a mass protest in Baghdad. That month, the Iraqi parliament had already decided that all foreign troops should leave the country. It responded to the killing of Iranian general Ghassem Soleimani in a US missile attack in Baghdad. Around 5000 US soldiers are deployed in Iraq. Among other things, they had been deployed to support the Iraqi military in the fight against the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS). Now on wiwo.de Do you want to know what drives the economy? Click here for the latest articles from WirtschaftsWoche. © Handelsblatt GmbH – All rights reserved. Acquire usage rights?          Services offered by our partners       
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