43 Iraqi police officers will be prosecuted for the death of anti-government protesters
Approximately 43 Iraqi officers accused of bombarding anti-government protesters during mass demonstrations in early October will be prosecuted later this month.
At least 400 protesters have been killed and thousands have been injured since the protests began in early October.
The protests, in which 140 people were killed and 4,200 injured during the first five days, gather against corruption and lack of jobs and services.
Approximately 43 Iraqi officers accused of bombarding anti-government protesters during mass demonstrations in early October will be prosecuted later this month. An Iraqi demonstrator flashes the V sign during a protest in Karbala, southern Iraq
At least 400 protesters have been killed and thousands have been injured since the protests began in early October. Iraqi soldier is dragged by protesters during anti-government protests in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala
The protests, in which 140 people were killed and 4,200 injured during the first five days, gather against corruption and lack of jobs and services. A demonstrator is wearing a gas mask during protests against the government
Two officers have already been sentenced for their part in killing demonstrators, one was sentenced to death and the other to seven years in prison.
An Iraqi security officer told The national: & # 39; Forty-three police officers will be prosecuted this month for killing demonstrators in the October 1 and 5 period.
& # 39; Like the first two officers, the others are either sentenced to death or sentenced to seven years in prison. & # 39;
A police officer was sentenced to death on Sunday for killing demonstrators in the Wasit province of Baghdad.
Iraqis believe that militias associated with the group are behind some of the murders.
The Higher Court of Justice issued an arrest warrant against General Jamil Al Shammari last week for killing demonstrators in Nasiriyah. They also blocked him from leaving the country.
Protesters can be seen lighting a fire in front of the Iranian consulate as they gathered yesterday during ongoing anti-government protests in Najaf, Iraq. Authorities imposed curfew in the city, which houses the second holiest site for Shiite Muslims
He is accused of leading a protest against a protest in Nasiriyah on Thursday, killing at least 29 protesters and injuring more than 200.
The protests, which began in Baghdad on October 1 and spread to southern cities, represent the most complex challenge for the Shi-dominated ruling class who have led the US invasion since the 2003 US-led invasion and time Sunni ruler Saddam Hussein.
Protesters are mostly unemployed Shiite youth who demand the departure of the entire political elite of Iraq.
Security forces have used live ammunition, tear gas and narcotic grenades against mainly unarmed demonstrators. Some protesters have lobbied gas bombs, bricks and slingshots on police.
A demonstrator covering his face with a bandana yesterday gestures the peace sign in front of the Iranian consulate in Najaf burned down. Security forces opened fire on protesters who had gathered on a bridge in Nassiriya last night and killed eight of them
A spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General expressed great concern about the use of live ammunition against demonstrators on Friday.
& # 39; The Secretary-General reiterates his call on the Iraqi authorities to exercise maximum restraint, protect the lives of demonstrators, respect the rights to freedom of expression and assembly and quickly investigate all acts of violence & # 39 ;, said Stéphane Dujarric in a statement.
It comes four days after Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said he would submit his resignation to parliament, one day after more than 40 people were killed by security forces and after calls from Iraqi Shi'a cleric for legislators to withdraw support.
An Iraqi demonstrator is waving the Iraqi national flag while standing on a concrete wall at the Iranian counselor in Karbala, Iraq, November 3, 2019. This is the second time the Iranian consulate has been stormed since anti-government protests began in October
The announcement was greeted with cheers and blaring music across iconic Tahrir Square in Baghdad, where protesters have gathered since early October against a ruling class that was considered corrupt and in trouble with foreign powers.
In a statement, Abdul-Mahdi said that he listened & # 39; with great concern & # 39; to the sermon of al-Sistani and made his decision in response to his call and to facilitate & speed up its fulfillment as quickly as possible & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I will submit an official memorandum to the Parliament resigning from the current First Ministry so that Parliament can review its choices, & # 39; he said. Abdul-Mahdi was appointed a little more than a year ago as a consensus candidate between political blocs.
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