Iraqi forces kill four protesters on central Baghdad bridge

  • Friday 22, November 2019 10:00 PM
  • Iraqi forces kill four protesters on central Baghdad bridge
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Iraqi security forces killed four people, on Friday, as they opened fire and launched tear gas at protesters on a central Baghdad bridge, police sources said.
Two people died from bullet wounds and two from tear gas canisters launched directly at their heads. At least 61 more were injured.

At least 330 people have been killed since the start of mass unrest in Baghdad and southern Iraq in early October, the largest demonstrations since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Protesters are demanding the overthrow of a political class seen as corrupt and serving foreign powers while many Iraqis languish in poverty without jobs, healthcare or education.

Protesters in Baghdad are also disrupting traffic, and are still holding ground, controlling parts of three major bridges which lead to the capital's fortified Green Zone, where government buildings and foreign embassies are located.