Headline October 06, 2019/ '' 'IRAQ STUDENTS-TRAGEDY IRIS' ''


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DISENCHANTED STUDENTS DEMANDING jobs, improved services such as electricity and water, and an end to Iraq's endemic corruption.

IRAQIS are fed up. Two years after the defeat of the IS much of the country's nearly 40 million population live in worsening conditions despite the country's oil wealth.

Security is better than it has been in years, but wrecked infrastructure has not been rebuilt and jobs are scarce. Youth/Students blame this squarely on what they see as corrupt leaders who do not represent them.

Iraqi security forces imposed a round-the-clock curfew Baghdad and fired live rounds and tear gas on Thursday and Friday to disperse anti-government protests that have gripped the country since earlier this week, killing over 50 people so far with thousands injured.

In a desperate attempt to quell the demonstrations, which were spontaneous and mostly spurred by woes over deteriorating economy and lack of jobs and services, authorities have cut Internet access across much of Iraq.

Before dawn, explosions were heard inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, home to government offices and foreign embassies. The US-led coalition said an investigation is underway, adding that no coalition forces or assets were hit.

So far, at least 50 people have been reported killed and thousands have been wounded since the violence and clashed between security forces and anti governments demonstrators first erupted on Tuesday.

Twelve people were killed late Wednesday in the southern cities of Nasriyah, Kut and Amara. The dead were protesters and one policeman, according to security officials

The protests, concentrated in Baghdad and in predominantly Shia areas of southern Iraq are mostly spontaneous and without political leadership, staged by disenchanted youth demanding jobs, improved services, such as electricity and water, and an end to Iraq's endemic corruption.

The protests got organised on the social media and the protesters have gradually escalated their demands and now want the government to resign.

No political party so far has joined the campaign.

On Thursday, Iraq's foreign ministry summoned Iran's ambassador to Baghdad to denounce his threat  that Tehran would retaliate to an American attack anywhere in the world, including in Iraq.

A ministry statement said Iraqi official Abdul-Karim Hashem told Iran's envoy, Iraj Masjedi, that American troops are in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government and that Iraq will not accept becoming an arena for international conflicts.

Most Iraqis have sought to avoid sectarian rhetoric after the brutal experience of Sunni hard-line  Islamic State - although sectarian tension still exists.

These protests are about worsening economic and living conditions and are taking place mostly in Baghdad and the Shia Muslim dominated south but, cut across ethic and sectarian lines.

Anger is directed at a political class, not a sect.

That contrasts with protests in 2012 and 2013 that Islamic State exploited to rally support among Sunnis.

However, because no political party or group is publicly involved in these demonstrations the government might struggle to control them.

If they spread, it is unclear what options the government has. There is no mention so far of reshuffles or resignations.

Parties that agreed to bring Abdul Mahdi to power, and which control the weak premier, are likely to want to keep him there.

With respectful dedication to the People of Iraq, Leaders, Students, Professors and Teachers, and then the world.

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