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Iraqi protests: 50 killed as major party refuses to attend parliament

Anti-government protesters set fires and close a street during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Security forces opened fire directly at hundreds of anti-government demonstrators in central Baghdad, killing some protesters and injuring dozens, hours after Iraq’s top Shiite cleric warned both sides to end four days of violence “before it’s too late.” (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

BAGHDAD, Oct 4 (KUNA) — Some 50 people have been killed in ongoing Iraqi demonstrations over corruption, low wages and rising unemployment as the Alliance Towards Reforms coalition party suspended its parliament membership.
Authorities also reported 1,936 injuries, including security members, since the protests began across Baghdad and other major cities at the beginning of this month.
In their most recent update, authorities in Baghdad said reports have emerged of the use of sniper fire for the first time, which left four dead – including two security members.
Protesters took to the streets in spite of a curfew imposed in the capital, while internet access has been prevented across the country.
The Alliance Towards Reforms coalition, composed mainly of Islamist Sadrist followers, said it would only return to parliament if the Prime Minister were to deliver a comprehensive programme that responds to the people’s aspirations

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