In Iraq, protests for "the fall of the regime" after a night of fire and blood

Six people were killed on Saturday: three in Baghdad and three in the south, shot by guards from the house of an official who was being burned by protesters.

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Protesters on Tahrir Square Baghdad, October 26. – / AFP

Six people were killed on Saturday (October 26th) in Iraq: three protesters in Baghdad and three people in the south of the country, shot by the guards of the house of an official who was being burned by protesters, the government rights commission said. of the man. Security forces tried to overcome new protests that demanded "The fall of the regime" after a night of deadly violence.

Since the 1st October, about two hundred people died in protest – unpublished because spontaneous – interrupted for eighteen days, the time of the most important Shia pilgrimage before resuming Thursday.

Nearly a quarter of those killed, 42, were on Friday, when the violence took a new turn with the fire in the south of the country of dozens of party seats, offices of deputies and especially the headquarters of the armed factions the powerful Hachd Al-Chaabi, a paramilitary coalition dominated by pro-Iran Shiite militias and an ally of the Iraqi government.

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Such violence did not take place in Baghdad. Protesters in Tahrir Square, close to the "green zone" where the US parliament and embassy sit, ensure that their mobilization against power is peaceful.

On Saturday, after having folded the blankets under which they slept on the spot, they paraded again under the tear gas grenades and deafening security forces.

Breathless system

The protesters reject the announced social measures as a whole. They want, they say, a new Constitution and a completely renewed political class, while Iraq is ranked twelfth most corrupt country in the world.

Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi called for reforming the system of civil service appointments and lowering the age of election candidates, in a country where 60% of the population is under 25 years old.

For the protesters, successive governments since the fall of the dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003 have led the system out of breath while in sixteen years, corruption officially cost 410 billion euros to the state, twice the Iraq's GDP, second largest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

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Parliament, which was due to meet on Saturday to discuss protesters' demands, again canceled the meeting due to lack of a quorum.

In several southern cities under curfew since Friday, calls for demonstrations were launched late in the afternoon, after burials of victims of the violence of the night.


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