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Iraq: 2 assassinated in 2 days at protests

January 10, 2021 at 10:49 am

Protesters set fire to buildings and government offices in Iraq on 8 December 2020 [Fariq Faraj Mahmood/Anadolu Agency]

At least two people were assassinated in as many days, with 43 injured, including safety members, and 30 arrested in protests in Dhi Qar province Iraq, according to the country’s top human-rights watchdog, Anadolu reports.

In addition to assassinations and kidnappings, security forces’ use of tear gas, real and plastic bullets, and demonstrators’ use of stones were documented, said Iraq’s Independent High Commission for Human Rights.

It called for calm and dialogue regarding the unrest.

Protests have engulfed several provinces since October 2019 because of deteriorating living conditions, unemployment and acorruption. Demonstrations have led to the resignation of the government of former Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

The government of current premier Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said it would prosecute those involved in the killing of activists.

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