- Title: "I will continue protesting," says amputated Iraqi man
- Date: 22nd December 2019
- Summary: BASRA, IRAQ (DECEMBER 12, 2019) (REUTERS) IRAQI PROTESTER WHOSE LEG WAS AMPUTATED DURING CLASHES WITH SECURITY FORCES, HADI ALI, LOOKING ON VARIOUS OF ALI SITTING ON WHEELCHAIR WITH HIS AMPUTATED LEG
- Embargoed: 5th January 2020 11:49
- Keywords: Anti-government protests in Iraq Injured protesters Iraq protests Iraqis War in Iraq
- Location: BASRA AND BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- City: BASRA AND BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001BB23711
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Amputation is no barrier for 18-year-old Iraqi protester Hadi Ali, who vows to continue protesting regardless of his permanent injury.
He was shot in his leg in the southern city of Basra during clashes with security forces in front of the city's provincial building in October 25.
Despite his injury and an uncertain future looming, Ali is confident that he and his fellow protesters will topple a political system they see as profoundly corrupt and keeping most Iraqis in poverty.
In Baghdad, Ahmed, a volunteering medic, sustained a less serious injury. He had his arm fractured during clashes with security forces. He stayed in the hospital only for three hours enough to put his injured arm in a cast.
He later rushed to help other injured protesters at a makeshift clinic at the heart of Baghdad's Tahrir Square.
Ahmed and Ali are among thousands of mostly unarmed young demonstrators taking to the streets since a wave of popular unrest began on October 1.
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