October 09, 2019
The government of Iraq has issued a second package of proposed social reforms in a bid to quell street protests that have claimed the lives of at least 110 people and injured 6,000 more.
Iraq Protests: Death Toll Reaches 110 As Demonstrations Continue For Second Week
The nation-wide demonstrations are now in their second week, as protesters demand the removal of the government and a political class they view as corrupt.
Iraqi security forces have responded with live ammunition, mainly in the capital of Baghdad and the south.
Tuesday’s 13-point plan issued by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi centres on subsidies and housing for the poor, as well as training and educational initiatives for unemployed youth, Reuters reports.
Following a cabinet meeting, the prime minister posted his reforms on social media, although most Iraqis have been cut off from the internet and social media for several days.
Protests resumed on Monday night in Baghdad’s Sadr City district, with at least one of the security forces killed, although much of Iraq appeared quieter than it has been for a week, as politicians sought a way to end the uprising.
Iraqi security forces began arresting protesters after nightfall on Tuesday in eastern and northwestern parts of Baghdad, police sources told Reuters.Police carried recent photographs of protesters to identify and arrest them. Iraq’s semi-official high commission for human rights said about 500 people had been released from the 800 detained last week.
Iraq’s military said on Tuesday one member of an Interior Ministry force was killed and four wounded when they came under fire from unknown assailants in Sadr City, where 15 people died the previous night in riots.
In a telephone call with Abdul Madhi, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the violence, urging the government to exercise maximum restraint and take steps to tackle protesters’ grievances, the US State Department said late on Tuesday.
The two officials spoke recently, it said in a statement, but did not mention the date.
The violence has been the worst in Iraq since it put down an insurgency by the Sunni Muslim Islamic State group nearly two years ago, and the biggest test for Abdul Mahdi, in office for a year.
The spread of the violence to Sadr City this week could heighten the security challenge. Unrest has historically been hard to put down in the district, home to about a third of Baghdad’s 8 million people, with little electricity or water and few jobs.
Protesters set fire to tires outside the municipal council building and courthouse in Mudhaffar Square, police said, adding that gunfire that targeted the security forces came from a crowd of protesters.
Demonstrators say they have come under attack from members of the security forces using live ammunition. Reuters journalists have witnessed protesters being killed and wounded by snipers firing from rooftops into crowds.
Iraq’s military on Tuesday called back into service those officers and soldiers dismissed on suspicions they abandoned cities and towns to an Islamic State onslaught in 2014.
Parliament, which on Tuesday held its first session since the crisis began, discussed the move and reform plans aimed at pacifying protesters.Related... This Is Why Donald Trump Is Being Panned By Virtually Everyone Over His Syria/Turkey Decision This Is Why Violence Is Tearing Iraq Apart Again After Two Years Of Relative Calm
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