The Iraqi Minister of Defense, against the backdrop of protests in the country, has ordered all military units to be put on high alert, and curfews have been introduced in several provinces.
The protests began on Tuesday in Baghdad, as a result of the dispersal of shares, two people were killed and more than 200 were injured. On Wednesday, protests rallied not only Baghdad, but also several other provinces.
Demonstrators demand improving living conditions, solving problems in the field of healthcare, education and the labor market, and fighting corruption. In Baghdad, at least 15 people were injured.
“The Minister of Defense ordered that all units be put on high alert, (in order to) maintain the sovereignty of the state, government facilities, vital goals and all embassies and diplomatic missions, and called for restraint,” the ministry’s press service said in a statement.
In Baghdad, security services blocked three bridges leading to the Green Zone, where a complex of government buildings and a diplomatic mission is located. Protesters also blocked the road to the international airport of the capital. According to authorities, navigation in the air harbor continues as usual.
In turn, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abd al-Mahdi called an emergency meeting of the country’s security council in connection with protests lasting the second day and covering other provinces in addition to the capital.
The main reason for the rally was the high level of unemployment, corruption in the government and the low quality of public services, the first thing is the disconnection from electricity and a sharp lack of water.
Also, demonstrators shouted anti-Iranian slogans. The influence of Iran on the domestic and foreign policies of Iraq is extremely large, which impedes the independent development of the Iraqi state. Demonstrators also oppose the pro-Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has an office in Baghdad and is an extremist organization.
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