Iraq: Two dead and dozen tents burned during Baghdad anti-govt. protests

Two protesters reportedly died on early Monday morning after sustaining injuries in Sunday's anti-government protests in Baghdad. According to local media, the victims had been hit by tear gas canisters and subsequently died in hospital. The remnants of tents, which had been burned down during the clashes, could be seen in footage shot on Monday. A coffin containing the alleged body of one of the victims appeared to be carried on top of a white van. «They dismantled the tents, attacked everybody and shot tear gas and rubber bullets at us,» said one activist attending the protests. The protesters had gathered in Tahrir square amid a series of power cuts, as temperatures soared to 50 degrees, forcing Baghdad residents to change their work schedules as air conditioning units could not be powered. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi replaced Adel Abdel Mahdi in May following months of violent protests that began last October.

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