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Clashes Between Iraqi Protesters and Security Forces, Arsons Targeting Factories Continue to Weaken the National Economy

June 5, 2020

Editor's Note:

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 protests resumed, June 3, 2020 Arsons blamed for fires in two factories in Baghdad, June 5, 2020


The following are news stories from the independent Iraqi Arabic news agency, Yaqein ( ):


Arsons continue in various Iraqi provinces and the capital, Baghdd, which aim at weakening the national economy, in service of the special interests of owners of imports.

Yaqein, June 5, 2020

حرائق تلتهم معامل في بغداد

5 يونيو 2020

مازالت الحرائق تلتهم مرافئ كثيرة من المحافظات العراقية والعاصمة بغداد، والتي تهدف إلى اضعاف اقتصاد المواطن، وعرقلة مشاريع التجارة والصناعة تنفيذاً لمصالح تجار الاحزاب والمليشيات التي اغرقت السوق العراقية بالاستيراد.وأفاد مصدر امني مسؤول، اليوم الجمعة، باندلاع حريقين في معملين بالعاصمة بغداد، مؤكداً ان أحدهما وقع داخل معمل للمشروبات الغازية ضمن منطقة عويريج.

واشار المصدر إلى احتراق معمل الكارتون في منطقة الكرغولية قرب جسر ديالى وفرق الدفاع المدني في جانب بغداد الرصافة تباشر بعمليات الاخماد. واعلنت مديرية الدفاع المدني في وقت سابق من اليوم اصابة رجل وامرأة بحادث حريق في بناية سكنية في منطقة الكرادة وسط العاصمة بغداد.وقالت المديرية في بيان، ان فرقها “تمكنت من انقاذ عدد من العوائل بعد احتراق بورد كهرباء رئيسي داخل بناية سكنية في منطقة الكرادة ادى الى نشوب حريق وتصاعد اعمدة الدخان الخانق مما أجبر العوائل الى الخروج الى الشرفات في الشقق السكنية”.

واضاف البيان ان “فرق الدفاع المدني تمكنت من اخراج الأطفال والنساء أولاً والسيطرة واخماد النيران ثانيا والتأكد من خلو البناية من ساكنيها مع تسجيل اصابتين لرجل وامرأة بصعقة كهربائية على اثر التماس الكهربائي”. وتابع البيان انه “وعلى الفور باشرت فرق الدفاع المدني الى إجراء الإسعافات الأولية ونقل المصابين الى المستشفى القريب والاطمئنان على وضعهم الصحي”، مؤكدا ان المصابين “كانت حالتهم مستقرة” .


The following are news stories from the independent Iraqi English news site, (


Violence between protesters and security forces returns to Iraq's streets as protesters demand justice

The Baghdad Post, June 3, 2020

After weeks of relative quiet, violent clashes erupted between protesters and security forces in the Iraqi city of Hilla on Tuesday, as authorities attempted to forcibly remove protesters from the city’s main square.  

Muhammed al-Inzi, an Iraqi activist who has been protesting in  different cities since October 2019 said that the “chaos” began as security forces attempted to storm the city’s main square, where protesters have been camped out since early May.  

Protesters in responded by throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. 

“The protests are ongoing in many parts of Iraq, but the number of  protesters has decreased due to fear of coronavirus and being kidnapped and assassinated,” Inzi said from the city, situated 100 kilometers south of Baghdad.

Inzi revealed that several protesters were injured in the clashes, but couldn’t specify how many were hurt. 

Videos shared on the messaging app Telegram showed protesters throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Humvees patrolling near the square.
According to Inzi, protesters have a simple demand: justice for death of the hundreds of protesters killed since October. 

“Today’s protests only have one demand, which is bringing those who kill protesters to justice,” Inzi added.

Before the coronavirus pandemic placed the country on lockdown, Iraq  had been rocked by months of nationwide unrest as overwhelmingly young crowds demanded jobs, services, and action against corruption.

By the end of November last year, former Iraqi Prime Minister Adil  Abdul-Mahdi had resigned after mounting pressures from protesters and an official call from Iraq's highest Shiite authority, Grand Ayatollah  Ali al-Sistani.

With a new government appointed but the old establishment securely in place, the dormant movement erupted once again in early May.

At least 600 protesters and members of the security forces have been killed  and more than 18,000 injured in the protests, according to human rights monitor Amnesty International.

In an official letter published on May 7, Amnesty urged  Iraq’s newly-inaugurated Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to  prioritize human rights, take action on domestic violence, and  investigate the killing of hundreds of protesters during the country’s  recent unrest. 


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