Iraq: Night protests ,7 protesters injured

At least 7 Iraqi protesters were injured after midnight on Sunday, after security forces launched tear gas bombs to end the closure of dozens of Baghdad's Tahrir Square, amid protests in several Iraqi cities.

The protests renewed Sunday evening in Tahrir Square, in the center of the capital, Baghdad, and other Iraqi cities. Dozens of demonstrators closed Tahrir Square leading to the Green Zone in central Baghdad.

Protesters set vehicles on fire, protesting the decline in services, most notably electricity.

For its part, riot police fired tear gas to remove the protesters from the square, resulting in at least 7 Iraqi protestors suffocating.

A spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces said that "some unfortunate events took place in the demonstration arenas" in the Iraqi capital, and that it was directed to verify their circumstances and "hold accountable any negligence."

The spokesman added that the security forces charged with protecting peaceful protesters "have clear and strict directives not to be exposed to any protester, even if he tries to provoke them."

A spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces considered that "the provocation of the security forces is aimed at dragging them into confrontation," adding that "it comes with a push from parties that do not want Iraq to stabilize."

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ANHA


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