Iraq: Government shuts down Facebook including in Kurdistan region, amid protests

The Iraqi government has imposed a blockade on Facebook across the country and ordered an internet blackout in most of Iraq, in the wake of growing and violent protests in southern provinces.

Videos and pictures of ongoing protests have been shared widely on social media.

Facebook, which is the most popular social media platform in Iraq, has also been blocked in the Kurdistan Region while it remains safe and away from protests.

Iraq’s southern provinces, including Basra, Najaf, Karbala, Misan, Dhi Qar are witnessing widespread protests in which people demand jobs, electricity, water and other public services.

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Two protesters died of their injuries after being attacked by Iraqi forces in the city of Ammara, in Maysan Province. In Najaf, another two protestors were killed by security forces, while seven were wounded.

It is not clear yet for how long the social media blockade is planned.

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