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Protesters, security forces use rocks, slingshots in Baghdad clashes

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Protesters, security forces use rocks, slingshots in Baghdad clashes
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Protesters and security forces were seen throwing rocks and using slingshots as they clashed in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday (November 28).
 
According to medical sources, 16 protesters have been shot dead by security forces in the southern city of Nassiriya overnight.
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Authorities have imposed a curfew in the city of Najaf after demonstrators burned its Iranian consulate.
 
The protests, which began in Baghdad on Oct. 1 and have spread through southern cities, are the most complex challenge facing the Shi'ite-dominated ruling class that has controlled state institutions and patronage networks since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled long-time Sunni ruler Saddam Hussein.
 
The inability of Iraq's government and political class to deal with the unrest and answer protesters' demands has fueled public anger.
 
Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has promised electoral and anti-corruption reform but barely begun delivering, while security forces have shot dead hundreds of mostly peaceful demonstrators in the streets of Baghdad and southern cities.
 
During the weeks of protests, security forces have used live ammunition, tear gas and stun grenades against mostly unarmed protesters. Some demonstrators have lobbed petrol bombs, bricks and fired slingshots at police.
 
Authorities set up "crisis cells" in several provinces to try to restore order, a military statement said on Thursday. They would be led by provincial governors but include military leaders who would take charge of local security forces.
 
The violence has killed more than 350 people to date, according to police and medics.
 
 
REUTERS
 
 
 
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