Iraq: At least 63 protesters killed since Friday – Iraqi flag raised at Iranian consulate
At least 63 protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces across Iraq during two days of demonstrations against corruption and economic hardships, a rights watchdog said.
The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights said in a report that 2,592 people — a figure that includes security forces — have also been wounded in the violence.
Saturday’s violence comes a day after 12 people were killed at the Badr political party office in the southern Iraqi city of Diwaniya after it was set ablaze. Iraqi security forces said they were investigating the fire.
Earlier on Friday, hundreds of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square, in central Baghdad, for anti-government protests. Some attempted to enter the Green Zone by removing concrete walls placed by security forces on the bridge leading into the fortified area where the Iraqi Parliament and several Western embassies are situated, including the US embassy.
Iraqi demonstrators have managed to climb up onto the Iranian consulate roof in the city of Karbala and hoist the Iraqi flag there.
They also besieged the consulate, chanting slogans against Tehran and Iranian proxy terrorists.
“All we want are four things: jobs; water, electricity, and safety. That’s all we want,” said a 16-year-old demonstrator.
“They hit us last night and again this morning. We don’t have any demands anymore, we want the government toppled,” said demonstrator Salah Mohammad.
“We want Iran to take its parties and leave, America to take its parties and leave, and let the Iraqi people decide,” he added.
Crowd chants: “Iran, out, out! Baghdad will be free!”.