Six protesters killed in southern Iraq rally in Basra

Addressing his weekly press conference in the capital Baghdad, Abadi reasserted he had ordered “no real bullets are to be fired, in the direction of protesters or in the air”. Mekki Yasser Ashur died after being shot during protests, his family said Tuesday during his funeral march.

Six people were killed Tuesday in the southern Iraqi city of Basra in ongoing unrest, as protesters rally against economic woes and the dire state of public services.
“Six demonstrators were killed and more than 20 wounded,” said Mehdi al Tamimi, head of the government’s human rights council in Basra province.
Security forces “directly opened fire on protesters,” he said.
Medical sources previously said two demonstrators were killed on Tuesday as thousands of people rallied outside the local government headquarters in Basra.
During the protests, some people in the crowd hurled Molotov cocktails and fireworks at the government building, while security forces responded with tear gas and by firing shots into the air.
Around 15 members of the security forces were injured in the clashes, the medical sources said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi said an investigation had been launched into the death of another protester the day before.
Addressing his weekly press conference in the capital Baghdad, Abadi reasserted he had ordered “no real bullets are to be fired, in the direction of protesters or in the air”.
Mekki Yasser Ashur died after being shot during protests, his family said Tuesday during his funeral march.
Protesters accompanied his coffin through the streets of Basra until the government building, before being dispersed by tear gas.
During the procession some armed civilians fired shots into the air and hailed Ashur as a ‘martyr’.
Police and military cordons had been put in place, blocking numerous roads, while Basra’s hospitals were filled with protesters bringing in people wounded in the clashes.
Basra’s human rights council chief said tension was high in the city and “the shops have shut a lot earlier than usual”.
Tamimi warned of further escalation “if the government’s doesn’t respond to the demands of demonstrators”.
The government has already announced an emergency plan in response to the protests, while promising billions of dollars in investment for southern Iraq.
But protesters are wary of such pledges from the outgoing administration, as Iraqi lawmakers are in the process of forming a new government after May’s election.

Political corruption has also fuelled protests, which erupted in Basra on July 8 before spreading across southern Iraq and reaching the capital.
A litany of social problems–from unemployment to electricity cuts– have also been a central complaint of demonstrators.
Iraqis have also called on authorities to clean up the water supply, with pollution blamed for putting 20,000 people in hospital in Basra province alone.
Protests had died down recently but since Friday large numbers have taken to the streets again.
Since early July, 21 people have been killed in protests across Iraq. At least one of those was shot dead by security forces, while authorities have accused ‘vandals’ of infiltrating the rallies.

COMMENTS

Name

Accident Adventure Agriculture Airport Animals Army Arson Article automobile Banks belief birds Bureaucracy BUSINESS Calamity celebration charity Child trafficking civic Clash Climate collapse Commerce Communication Corruption Court Crime crimes culture currency Cyber crime Defence Department Development Development And Industry Diplomacy disaster Drugs Earthquake Economy Education Election Electricity Embassy Employment Energy Entertainment Environment Excavation Execution exhibition Explosion export Family Famine Fashion felciation festival Finance fire flood Food/Agriculture food/health Foreigners Forests fraud Freight Fuel FUNERAL Hajj handicapped HANG Health Hiousing History Hotel Human Rights Infotainment int International internationl journalist Judiciary justice Kashmir KIDNAPPING labour Landslide language Lawyers Legislation Leisure lightning literature Local Manifesto Media Migrants Minorities MIRACLE mis mishap mishaps Money Laundering Moon Murder n NAB Narcotics National Nature obituary Petroleum Pilgrims Police POLITICS pollution poverty power Prison prisoners project Properties Protest Railway Religion relion Rescue Rivalry Science Security Sentence Services shemales Sikh Community smoking smuggling Social Social Media Social Welfare Space sports strike Students Suicide Suicide Attack Taxation Technology telecom Terrorism Tourism Trade Trade Union Traditions Training transgender Transport Travel Tyranny Vacancies vehicle vendetaa Visa water Weapons weather wedding woman Women Working class youth
false
ltr
item
South Punjab News : Six protesters killed in southern Iraq rally in Basra
Six protesters killed in southern Iraq rally in Basra
Addressing his weekly press conference in the capital Baghdad, Abadi reasserted he had ordered “no real bullets are to be fired, in the direction of protesters or in the air”. Mekki Yasser Ashur died after being shot during protests, his family said Tuesday during his funeral march.
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RYQw4OH_9sM/W4-_Q9i0A0I/AAAAAAABAIM/DHieOxOcBdIAebiwYK1YTUugNpF8MTy5wCLcBGAs/s320/rally-0.jpg
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RYQw4OH_9sM/W4-_Q9i0A0I/AAAAAAABAIM/DHieOxOcBdIAebiwYK1YTUugNpF8MTy5wCLcBGAs/s72-c/rally-0.jpg
South Punjab News
http://www.southpunjabnews.com/2018/09/six-protesters-killed-in-southern-iraq.html
http://www.southpunjabnews.com/
http://www.southpunjabnews.com/
http://www.southpunjabnews.com/2018/09/six-protesters-killed-in-southern-iraq.html
true
949454145819430215
UTF-8
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy