6 Iraqi Protesters Killed, Scores Injured, 2
Police Officers Killed by a Car During a Basra Protest
January 20, 2020
Iraqis, both Sunnis and Shi'is, are fed-up with the US-installed
corrupt regime, they are in full revolt against it, demanding it to be
thrown out (regime change by people).
Iraqi protesters in Baghdad, January 20, 2020
Clashes between security forces and protesters in Baghdad,
January 20, 2020
protesters in Basra, January 20, 2020 yaqein
||Iraqi protesters in Diyala,
January 20, 2020
The following are news stories from the independent Iraqi
Arabic news agency, Yaqein ( http://yaqein.net/
Iraqi protesters in Diyala, Basra and Nasiria block the roads in
protest against no changes about corruption in government,
despite the killing 600 protesters in the last three months.
Today, Monday, 20, 2020, 6 Iraqi protesters were killed and
scores were injured in variouscities. Moreover, two police
officers were killed when they were run over by a car, during
the Basra protest.
المتظاهرون يقطعون طرق رئيسية في
21 يناير 2020
أجهزة الدولة في صم آذانها عن
ارتفعت وتيرة الغضب الشعبي ليطال هذه المرة غلق الطرق الرئيسية بين
المحافظات وداخل المدن بحرق الاطارات، مع تصاعد دعوات المحتجين
بوقف التدخل الإيراني في شؤون العراق وانهاء حقبة الفساد المسيطرة
على مقاليد الحكم.
ثلاثة أشهر من المواجهات سقط نحو 600 قتيل ومئات الجرحى من
مما صعب من جهود الحكومة في إخماد جذوة الحراك، الذي أمهل أجهزتها
حتى 20 يناير لتحقيق مطالب. ومع انتهاء هذه المهلة،الاثنين، تجدد
الاشتباكات بين قوات الأمن العراقية والمحتجين عقب أيام من الهدوء،
حيث سقط في يوم واحد 6 قتلى،
في حين أصيب عشرات
و أفاد شهود
عيان بناحية النصر شمالي محافظة ذي قار بان
غاضبين قطعوا طريق رئيسيا يمر عبر الناحية.
وذكر الشهود، ان متظاهرين غاضبين في
النصر شمالي ذي قار أقدموا على قطع الطريق العام الرابط بين
الناصرية والكوت”. وبينوا، أن ”
استخدموا الاطارات المحترقة في عملية قطع الطريق”. افاد مصدر امني
في محافظة البصرة ، الاثنين، بانه تم قطع الطريق السريع من جهة
القرنة في المحافظة. وقال المصدر: ان “متظاهرين قطعوا مساء اليوم،
الطريق السريع من جهة قضاء القرنة في البصرة امام حركة سير
الأجهزة الأمنية تُفرق تظاهرة في
20 يناير 2020
في محافظة ديالى بتفريق تظاهرة في حي المفرق وسط
وملاحقة المحتجين واعتقال بعضهم في الازقة وسط اطلاق رصاص حي كثيف
باتجاههم وانباء تتحدث عن سقوط ضحايا و عدد من الاصابات بين صفوف
المتظاهرين. وفي بغداد قالت مصادر أمنية وطبية إن
أربعة عراقيين قتلوا يوم
الاثنين وأصيب العشرات في العاصمة بغداد ومدن أخرى خلال
المتظاهرين وقوات الأمن بعد
أن تجددت المظاهرات المناوئة للحكومة في أعقاب هدوء استمر عدة
وأضافت المصادر أن
اثنين من المحتجين لقيا حتفهما
في المستشفى متأثرين بالجروح التي أصيبا بها بعد أن أطلقت
الشرطة الذخيرة الحية في ساحة الطيران في بغداد. وأشاروا إلى أن
أحدهما أصيب بطلقة رصاص في الرأس بينما أصابت الآخر قنبلة غاز مسيل
للدموع. وفي مدينة البصرة
قالت مصادر أمنية إن سيارة
مدنية دهست شرطيين وقتلتهما أثناء الاحتجاجات.
أخرى في جنوب العراق أشعل مئات
النار في إطارات السيارات وأغلقوا طرقا رئيسية في عدة مدن من بينها
الناصرية وكربلاء والعمارة. يأتي هذا التصعيد من قبل المتظاهرين
بعد انتهاء المهلة المقررة من قبل متظاهري الناصرية “مهلة وطن”
The following are news stories from the independent Iraqi
English news site, (https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en):
Iraqi Officials: At Least 13 Wounded in Baghdad Violence
Monday، 20 January 2020 06:18 PM
Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live rounds during clashes
protesters overnight and on Monday morning in Baghdad, wounding at
least 13 demonstrators and prompting authorities to close key streets
and thoroughfares leading to the city center, officials said.
The violence is the latest since
Iraq reignited last week after a brief lull amid soaring tensions
between Washington and Tehran following a U.S. drone strike that
killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in
Baghdad earlier this month.
The tear gas and
live rounds were fired near the city's Sinak Bridge and nearby Tayaran
Square, which have been the scene of violence in recent days, medical
and security officials said.
As smoke rose over the
city from the tear gas, tuk-tuks ferried the injured to hospitals.
A security official said at least nine arrests have been made so
far after the National Security Council authorized security forces to
arrest demonstrators seen blocking main thoroughfares and roundabouts.
The U.N. envoy to Iraq, meanwhile, urged Iraqi political elites to
resume pushing for reforms and for
protests to remain peaceful.
“Any steps taken
so far to address the people's concerns will remain hollow, if they are
not completed,`` said Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert in a statement issued
by the U.N.
``Violent suppression of peaceful
protesters is intolerable and must be avoided at all costs. Nothing
is more damaging than a climate of fear.”
southern city of Nasiriyah,
protesters blocked the highway linking the city to the southern
oil-rich province of Basra. At least six
wounded when an unknown gunmen fired at them from a speeding car, a
medical official said. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity
Iraqi activists in
Nasiriyah had given the government a week's deadline to act on their
demands for sweeping political reforms. otherwise they said they would
up the pressure with new demonstrations. Other activists across the
country quickly followed suit, promising to escalate should the
government fail to act.
In Shiite holy cities of
Karbala and Najaf, in southern Iraq,
protesters burned tires and blocked main roads, halting traffic, the
same tactic was used in
Baghdad and elsewhere in the south the previous day.
“Today we burned tires in solidarity with our brothers in Nasiriyah,”
said a protester in Najaf. He declined to give his name, fearing
reprisal, and spoke with his face hidden by a balaclava. “Let everyone
know, if we are only burning (tires) now, other actions can follow.”
The uprising began on Oct. 1 when thousands of Iraqis took to the
streets to decry rampant government corruption, poor public services and
a scarcity of jobs.
Protesters are demanding an end to Iraq's sectarian political
system, alongside early elections and the stepping aside of its ruling
protests first erupted in October, at least 500 have died under fire
from security forces.
Dozens of Iraqi protesters wounded as anti-government
Monday، 20 January 2020 06:16 PM
Two Iraqi police officers were killed and dozens of protesters
were wounded in
Baghdad and other cities on Monday in clashes with security forces,
medical and security sources said, as anti-government unrest resumed
after a lull of several weeks.
In Baghdad’s Tayaran Square
overnight, protesters threw petrol bombs and stones at police who
responded with tear gas and stun grenades, Reuters witnesses said.
Elsewhere in southern Iraq, hundreds of protesters burned tires and
blocked main roads in several cities, including Nassiriya, Kerbala and
Amara. They say Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has not fulfilled
promises including naming a new
government acceptable to Iraqis.
“They (security forces)
should stop shooting and aiming, who are they and who are we? Both sides
are Iraqis. So why are you killing your brothers?” said one woman
Baghdad who declined to give her name.
In the Iraqi oil city
of Basra, two policemen were struck and killed by a civilian car during
the protest, security sources said. The driver was trying to avoid the
scene of clashes between protesters and security forces when he drove
into the two officers, they said.
Baghdad police said its forces had
reopened all roads that were closed by “violent gatherings”. It said 14
officers were wounded near Tahrir square, including with head wounds and
Traffic was disrupted on a highway linking
Baghdad to southern cities, a Reuters witness said. Production in
southern oilfields was unaffected by the unrest, oil officials said.
protests have gripped
Iraq since Oct. 1, with mostly young protesters demanding an
overhaul of a political system they see as profoundly corrupt and as
keeping most Iraqis in poverty. More than 450 people have been killed.
Numbers had dwindled but
protests resumed last week as demonstrators sought to keep up
momentum after attention turned to the threat of a U.S.-Iran conflict
following Washington’s killing of Tehran’s top general in an air strike
The killing of Qassem Soleimani, to which Tehran responded with a
ballistic missile attack on two Iraqi military bases housing U.S.
troops, has highlighted the influence of some foreign powers in Iraq,
especially Iran and the United States.
Clashes between security forces, protesters escalated in
Monday، 20 January 2020 05:35 PM
At least two
people were killed,
and dozens of others
protesters clashed with
Iraqi security forces in the capital Baghdad on Monday.
Iraqi media said two Iraqis were
killed and over 60 wounded as demonstrations turned violent in
Baghdad after renewed anti-government protests over the weekend.
Baghdad’s Operation Command said 14 of its officers suffered various
Clashes resumed between
protesters and security forces in Baghdad on Sunday morning, while
demonstrations in Basra joined a deadline set by those in Nasiriyah for
political forces, stating that unless their demands are met, they would
cut off major roads linking their areas with the capital.
activists told Kurdistan 24 that early on Sunday, riot police attempted
to storm Tahrir Square, the central gathering space of demonstrators in
Baghdad, but the
protesters prevented this and burned several tires.
that incident, witnesses reported shootings of live rounds in the
al-Tayaran Square, a short distance east of Tahrir, with claims of
injuries among protesters.
Amid the continued violence, security
forces have killed over 450
protesters and wounded thousands more since demonstrations broke out
in October 2019. Unofficial estimates range as high as 600 dead among
Crowds first took to the streets in early October
to express long-held grievances about chronically inadequate public
services, a low standard of living, and widespread institutional graft
among government officials.
The United Nations has called for
Iraq to push for reform amid the ongoing violence in the country.
Court accepts lawsuit against Salih for abusing constitution
The Federal Supreme Court announced the acceptance of the lawsuit
submitted by the National Forum for Popular Accountability against
President Barham Salih, over violating the constitution.
failed to abide by the constitution after he failed to assign another
prime minister after the resignation of the now-caretaker prime
minister, within the constitutional period stipulated in Articles (76 /
First) and ( 81) and (61 / D).
A forum member said that this step
is one of the first escalatory steps within the peaceful legal
frameworks adopted by the forum in support of the legitimate demands of
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