Iraq: Protesters killed in clashes with security forces | DW News
Political leaders promise to reform
Three days of massive protests in Iraq killed 65 people, injured 192. Police snipers fire on demonstrators.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi called on the people of the country to calm, promising to carry out political reforms.
This outbreak of violence is the largest in three years. The protests began in southern Iraq, where the majority of the population are Shiites, and are rapidly spreading throughout the rest of the country – and without formal leaders..
Powerful Shiite religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr, who runs the largest opposition bloc in the Iraqi parliament, ordered his faction to cease work until the government takes steps in the interests of all Iraqis.
The speaker of the Iraqi parliament called the protests an “anti-corruption revolution”, proposing a series of socially oriented reforms.
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