91 protesters killed by Iraqi police over week of demonstrations
[The Hill] Dozens of Iraqis are confirmed dead after a week of protests were met with violence from police forces.
The New York Times reported Saturday that the death toll had climbed to 91 across the country after passing 40 dead just a day earlier.
At issue according to protesters is rampant corruption in government and high unemployment rates in the country.
"I came out to the streets to ask for reform in my country and to find salvation from the mafias who have stolen my country and was greeted brutally by the security forces," one 34-year-old demonstrator told the Times after being wounded by police.
"We are peaceful protesters, but the security forces treated us with brutality, as if we were animals, not humans demanding our rights," he added.
Iraq's highest Shi'ite cleric urged protesters to remain nonviolent in his sermon delivered through an aide Friday, while placing blame on the country's federal government.
"The government and the political sides have not fulfilled the demands of the people to fight corruption," Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said, according to the AP.
Posted by: Besoeker 2019-10-06