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Post by RamblerNash on Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:22 pm

General strike and cut off major roads in Baghdad

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03-11-2019 08:50 AM

Baghdad / News

A number of neighborhoods in the eastern side of Baghdad began a general strike on Sunday morning to protest the failure of the demands of the demonstrators, according to the correspondent of "Sky News Arabia" in the Iraqi capital.

Sadr City and the neighborhood of banks were closed, and some of the main roads in the city were blocked, while demonstrators blocked the road linking the provinces of Baghdad and Wasit, in conjunction with the continuing demonstrations and sit-ins in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad.

Protests continued in Iraq on Saturday as Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse thousands of protesters, killing at least one demonstrator and wounding more than 200 in Baghdad and the south of the country, police officials and a semi-official human rights body said.

The biggest protests were held in Baghdad, where tens of thousands of people gathered in and near Tahrir Square, in defiance of a government campaign that killed dozens in October.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis, mostly in Baghdad and southern parts of the country, have been protesting since last month for a radical change in the political system formed after the US-led invasion in 2003, blamed for rampant corruption, high unemployment and poor public services.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry called on countries that issued statements urging the Iraqi government to respect the will of Iraqis, to "respect the sovereignty of Iraq and not interfere in its internal affairs."

In the southern town of Umm Qasr, clashes between security forces and demonstrators resulted in 120 injuries, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq said.

Security forces fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse hundreds of protesters near the vital port of Umm Qasr on the Arabian Gulf on Saturday morning, the UNHCR said, adding that many of the wounded were being treated in a hospital in the town of Umm Qasr.

In Baghdad, security forces fired tear gas at demonstrators trying to cross bridges along the Tigris River leading to the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of the Iraqi government and a number of embassies, including the US embassy.

One protester was killed and at least 88 people were wounded in Baghdad, according to security and medical officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

"Down with the government, down with the regime, down with the corrupt parties," some protesters in Baghdad chanted.

On the nearby Abu Nawas Street overlooking the Tigris River, the demonstrators prevented the authorities from closing it with a security wall, seizing the crane that would have been used to lay the giant cement blocks.

The authorities closed the nearby Saadoun Street last month, a main street leading to Tahrir Square, which has been the main protest point in the capital since last month.


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