Fresh protests hit Iraq


Students and schoolchildren in Iraq have defied warnings by the education minister against partaking in the ongoing unrest in the country.

In Baghdad, demonstrators gathered on campuses and in Tahrir Square. The union of universities and schools also announced a 10-day strike in the city of Diwaniyah.

Several local syndicates, including lawyers and engineers, have also joined the unrest, trying to prevent government workers from reaching their offices.

Anti-government protests were renewed in Iraq on Friday, as thousands of people once again took to the streets to vent their anger over corruption and economic hardship.

The protests soon turned deadly as armed elements opened fire on both protesters and security guards.

Iraqi security agents have so far arrested a few gunmen and the country’s elite Counter-Terrorism Force has been deployed to the streets to prevent damage to sensitive centres.

The government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has pledged to fulfil the demands of the protesters.


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