Hundreds of Iraqi protesters had been engulfed by tear gas fired by safety forces Saturday during an indication marking the third anniversary of anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq.
Amid considerations that the protests might spiral uncontrolled, safety officers put in checkpoints throughout Baghdad, shut down bridges and squares and closed among the bridges resulting in the fortified Green Zone the place authorities headquarters and overseas embassies are housed, according to reports.
Protesters carried Iraqi flags and chanted, “We want to overthrow the regime!”
In 2019, protests broke out towards then-prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s management. Demonstrators demanded a complete overhaul of what they mentioned was a corrupt authorities protecting the typical Iraqi in poverty.
More than 560 folks — some protesters and a few safety forces — had been killed in the 2019 rebellion, when Iraqi authorities operatives and a few unidentified gunmen opened fireplace in a crackdown.
The demonstrations however continued for months, finally forcing Mahdi from office.