Saturday, January 25, 2020

Iraqi Security Forces Crack Down On Protesters



NPR: Iraqi Security Forces Storm Tahrir Square, Clash With Protesters

Iraqi security forces launched a major crackdown on anti-government protesters Saturday from Baghdad to cities across the south after an influential Shiite cleric instrumental in the demonstrations withdrew his support.

In Baghdad, security forces stormed bridges, streets near Tahrir Square and a highway interchange that had been taken over by protesters, firing live bullets and tear gas and setting fire to tents where protesters have been living and where medics have treated the wounded. At least one protester was killed and dozens wounded, according to security and medical officials.

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More News On the Unrest In Iraq

Iraqi security forces raid Baghdad protest site -- BBC
Three Iraq protesters killed in clashes as security forces clear streets -- AFP
Iraqi security forces raid protest camps after Sadr supporters withdraw -- Reuters
Iraqi police kill demonstrators in crackdown on protest camps -- DW
Iraqi security forces fire tear gas, live bullets amid protests -- UPI
Tensions high in Baghdad as police fire tear gas, live bullets -- Al Jazeera