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Protesters burn down Iranian consulate in southern Iraq

Protesters burn down Iranian consulate in southern Iraq

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Nov 28, 2019 - 15:40

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Anti-govern­ment protesters burned down the Iranian consulate building in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf on Wednesday.

One protester was killed and at least 35 people were wounded when police fired live ammunition to prevent them from entering the building, a police official said.

The demonstrators removed the Iranian flag from the building and replaced it with an Iraqi one.

Iranian staff were not harmed and escaped the building from the back door and authorities imposed a curfew in Najaf.

The incident marked an escalation in the demonstrations that have raged in Baghdad and across mostly Shia southern Iraq since Oct 1.

The protesters accuse the Iraqi government of being hopelessly corrupt and complain of poor public services and high unemployment.

They are also decrying growing Iranian influence in Iraqi state affairs.

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