Iraqi Security Forces Kill 5 Protesters, Wound Around 150
At least five people were killed and dozens wounded in Baghdad and southern Iraq as clashes between protesters and security forces continue, police and medical sources said. Security forces opened fire with live ammunition against demonstrators gathered on three bridges in Baghdad overnight, killing three protesters and wounding more than 50 others. In the Gulf port of Umm Qasr near Basra, two protesters were killed and over 70 wounded, some in critical condition, on Sunday. Security forces opened fire on demonstrators in the Shi’ite holy city of Karbala, about 50 miles southwest of Baghdad, overnight, wounding at least 24. Protests continued on Sunday in Nassiriya, Basra, and elsewhere in southern Iraq. At least 330 people have been killed since the mass protests began in early October. The anti-government demonstrations are protesting against widespread unemployment and poverty, government corruption and incompetence, and the perception of excessive foreign – particularly Iranian – influence on the country’s political elite.