Iraq: Protesters return to Baghdad for 9th consecutive day

Thousands of Iraqis flooded the streets of central Baghdad on Saturday for 9th consecutive day of anti-government protests. Demonstrators were seen standing along the banks of river Tigris and on the two main bridges leading to Tahrir square, while volunteer teams of medics and social workers were dotted around to provide assistance. On Thursday, Iraqi President Barham Salih promised to call... Еще for early elections in a televised address, saying that legitimacy comes from the people and that there is no substitute to it. The rallies are part of a movement that sprung up in early October over corruption, unemployment and lack of basic services. However, demonstrations were suspended after the security forces started using live ammunition, reportedly killing nearly 150 people.

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