Protests in Iraq

This item appears on page 19 of the November 2019 issue.

Beginning on Oct. 2, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, protesting government corruption and a lack of jobs. In response, the Iraqi government instituted a curfew, which was defied by protesters, and limited Internet access. Police and security forces blocked major roads to prevent the protests from spreading. In clashes with security forces, more than 100 protesters had been killed as of press time and hundreds of others had been wounded.