- Title: Funeral held for anti-government protesters killed in clashes in Iraq
- Date: 7th October 2019
- Summary: NAJAF, IRAQ (OCTOBER 7, 2019) (REUTERS) VEHICLE WITH COFFIN DRAPED IN IRAQ FLAG ON ROOF VEHICLE DRIVING WITH COFFIN STRAPPED TO ROOF COFFIN BEING TAKEN OFF VEHICLE AND PLACED ON SHOULDERS OF MEN VARIOUS OF FUNERAL PROCESSION VARIOUS OF MOURNERS PRAYING NEAR COFFINS COFFIN LOADED ONTO ROOF OF VEHICLE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FAMILY MEMBER, SABAH (NO SURNAME GIVEN), SAYING: "He is exactly like the other protesters. They shoot the innocent and the criminal together. This government and what we gained from it, since it started and until now. People are protesting for income and bread. Look at the youth, every day they go out in thousands, what was the result?" VARIOUS OF COFFIN BEING CARRIED IN GRAVEYARD FAMILY MEMBER CRYING, WITH HAND PLACED ON GRAVE FAMILY GATHERED AROUND GRAVE BODY BEING PLACED IN GRAVE VARIOUS OF FATHER OF DECEASED CRYING
- Embargoed: 21st October 2019 18:59
- Keywords: Iraq Najaf protests Baghdad
- Location: NAJAF, IRAQ
- City: NAJAF, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001B03N87B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Protesters killed in overnight violence in Baghdad were buried in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf on Monday (October 7).
Grief-stricken family members of the deceased bemoaned the actions of the government in the handling of the protests and said they ''shoot criminals and innocents together".
At least 15 people were killed in clashes between Iraqi security forces and protesters in Baghdad's Sadr City district overnight as violence from a week-long nationwide uprising swept through the vast, poor swathe of the capital for the first time.
At least 110 people have been killed across Iraq and more than 6,000 wounded, with protesters demanding the removal of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and a government they accuse of corruption.
The spread of the violence into Sadr City on Sunday (October 6) night poses a new security challenge for authorities dealing with the worst violence in the country since Islamic State was defeated nearly two years ago.
The uprising over the past week has abruptly ended two years of relative calm unseen in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Many Iraqis, especially young people, say entrenched government corruption means they received no benefit from returning stability after years of foreign occupation and sectarian civil war.
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