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Iraqi security forces used tear gas and stun grenades on October 25 to repel demonstrators who had marched towards government buildings in protest against corruption and economic hardship. The incident marked a renewal of the anti-government protests after security forces killed about 150 people in confronting a round of demonstrations at the start of the month. About 1,000 people, some of whom had camped overnight in Baghdad's Tahrir Square, were marching towards the city's fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies, when they were stopped by security forces. BAGHDAD, IRAQ (FILE - OCTOBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS RUNNING AS TEAR GAS IS FIRED TO DISPERSE THEM AFTER CROSSING A BRIDGE LEADING TO BAGHDAD'S FORTIFIED GREEN ZONE PROTESTERS CARRYING AN INJURED MAN AND RUNNING PROTESTER HOLDING PLACARD READING (Arabic): ''THE HOMELAND CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE PURPOSES'' PROTESTERS CARRYING FLAGS WALKING PAST RIOT POLICE AMBULANCE DRIVING WITH SIRENS ON At least 3,000 protesters in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya broke into the provincial government building and set it on fire on October 25. NASSIRIYA, IRAQ (FILE - OCTOBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS PUSHING PAST POLICE OFFICERS / PROTESTERS MARCHING TOWARD NASSIRIYA PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING THICK BLACK SMOKE BILLOWING INTO THE SKY, PROTESTERS CHANTING AND DANCING Eight Iraqis were killed and dozens wounded on October 26, police and hospital sources said, as demonstrators and security forces clashed in a second day of protests against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's government. BAGHDAD (FILE - OCTOBER 26, 2019) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS AT TAHRIR SQUARE VARIOUS OF AMBULANCES AND TUK TUKS ARRIVING NEAR PROTESTERS / SMOKE RISING NAJAF, IRAQ (FILE - OCTOBER 26, 2019) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING AND WAVING IRAQI FLAGS Students joined in the renewed protests on October 28 as thousands rallied. BAGHDAD, IRAQ (FILE - OCTOBER 28, 2019) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS RUNNING FROM TEAR GAS, DUCKING BEHIND LARGE PIECES OF METAL PROTESTER RUNNING WITH TEAR GAS CANISTER, THROWING IT AWAY CHILD BEING CARRIED INTO TUK TUK MEDICS TREATING AN INJURED PROTESTER AMBULANCE DRIVING AWAY (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER, SAYING: "We are peaceful demonstrators. Our protests are peaceful. Those rulers harm Iraqi people. No salaries, no appointments, no plots of land, lying with their promises. And they are hitting us with tear gas bombs as if we were not Iraqis." VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS TRYING TO CROSS THE BRIDGE LEADING TO THE GREEN ZONE Thousands took to the streets in the Iraqi city of Najaf on October 29 including populist Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who attempted to drive his way through jubilant demonstrators. Sadr was seen waving at protesters from his vehicle. Sadr, who leads parliament's largest bloc, in a statement asked Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the second-largest, to help him introduce a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, NAJAF, IRAQ (FILE - OCTOBER 29, 2019) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS SURROUNDING VEHICLE CARRYING SHI'ITE CLERIC MOQTADA AL-SADR / CHANTING (Arabic): ''ALI (COUSIN OF PROPHET MOHAMMED) IS WITH YOU" VARIOUS OF FEMALE PROTESTERS WAVING FLAGS AND CHANTING

Timeline Of Iraq Protests 2019

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