Iraq.. Security spread and road cuts, and a night awaits for "mass demonstrations"

1 October, 2022
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Iraq.. Security spread and road cuts, and a night awaits for "mass demonstrations"

The capital, Baghdad, and other cities in southern Iraq are in a state of anticipation tonight, in light of expectations for mass demonstrations on the anniversary of the October 2019 protests, which left hundreds dead and thousands wounded by the bullets of security forces and armed militias loyal to Iran.


Reports indicate that roads are being cut off and intense security is spreading in the streets of Baghdad, especially near the Green Zone, while the Security Media Cell confirmed, on Friday, that the security forces "hold control of matters in all provinces", denying the validity of information talking about "the spread of unknown gunmen."


In conjunction with the expected return of the demonstrations, the cell confirmed in a statement that "there are strict orders that stress the prohibition of carrying weapons or forming armed groups outside the framework of the state."

The Office of the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, directed the various security services to prevent the use of live bullets, rubber ordnance and smoke bombs, to inspect the demonstration yards to ensure that firearms are not carried, and to ensure protection for the demonstration yards.


During the past days, a committee calling itself the "Supreme Coordination of Protests in Iraq" announced an agreement to break out in mass protests in the capital, Baghdad, in early October, indicating that they would enter the Green Zone peacefully and free of violence.


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