Mass demonstrations in Baghdad .. The protests are strengthened with the support of southern demonstrators
Tens of thousands of Iraqis demonstrated in Al-Tahrir Square in the capital Baghdad, amid tight security, as cases of suffocation of tear gas were recorded, in addition to injuries near Al-Wathba Square in central Baghdad.
Local sources reported that security forces fired tear gas at the protesters near the Al-Ahrar Bridge in central Baghdad.
The sources added that the protesters closed the bridges leading to the Green Zone, to prevent any attempts to cross into it by unknown parties.
These mass demonstrations are taking place, amid the proliferation of blue hats owners, in order to protect the peaceful demonstrators from the infiltrators and armed elements.
And the Iraqis have been calling for more than two months for "toppling the regime" and changing the political class that has controlled their country's capabilities for 16 years, and accuse them of corruption and subordination to Iran.
Before heading to Baghdad, civil activist Haider Kazim from the city of Nasiriyah said, "The aim of our presence there is to support the demonstrations and to form a strong back to support our brothers in Baghdad."
In Diwaniya, demonstrators blocked a road leading to the Shanafiyah oil refinery, demanding employment, according to a police source.
More than 450 people were killed and more than twenty thousand were injured during the protests that started two months ago.
In the meantime, the political blocs continue their consultations to reach an agreement on a person who will assume the post of prime minister to succeed resigning Adel Abdul Mahdi.
In the various governorates, the security authorities have begun to take strict precautionary security measures, as the Diwaniyah Police Command has worked to tighten safe procedures to prevent the recurrence of the Maysan and Karbala events.
While the Karbala Police Command announced that it is intensively strengthening its security measures in the province to provide security and safety and protect peaceful demonstrators, and has intensified its spread throughout the province with the aim of strengthening checkpoints, setting up sudden ambushes, and rigorous inspection of wheels, people and bicycles.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] witnessing a large influx from all Iraqi cities, while the demonstrators emphasize the peacefulness of their protests, launching the hashtag [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].
Local sources said that protesters were wounded and suffocated when the security forces fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them to disperse them from Al-Wathba Square and near the Al-Ahrar Bridge in Baghdad.
In Basra, security sources reported that all security forces entered the maximum alert condition, as of yesterday.
A security source revealed that these directives were instructed by the Operations Commander, Lieutenant General Qassem Nazzal, while the date of the alert was not raised until further notice, in anticipation of any emergency.
The Iraqi Army Chief of Staff, for its part, sent a message to the protesters, pledging to provide protection for them.
The message coincides with the memory of the Iraqi army’s elimination of ISIS in Iraq, where the Chief of Staff described the legitimate demands of the demonstrators.
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