Iraqi Protests: Death Toll Exceeds 100

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The death toll of the Iraqi protests that have gripped the war-torn nation and have seen widespread media coverage has breached 100 on the 6th of October. Much like the situation in Hong Kong, the government has made small concessions in the form of administrative and economics reforms, hoping to gain whatever control they can over the protestors. Even still, waves of demonstrators still clash with police and the armed forces.

A map of Iraq (via lonelyplanet.com)

The epicenter of the new wave of protests lies in the capital district of Baghdad; Sadr City.

Multiple sources have made conflicting claims as to whether it’s the police who are firing live rounds, with Iraqi soldiers, officers, and officials remaining adamant that they are not the ones using lethal force.

Curfews and internet blockages have been implemented by the Iraqi government as a peacekeeping measure.

The new surge in violence has sparked concerns among international observers and Iraqi officials over whether terrorist organizations may take advantage of the unrest and weakened state of the government to advance their own goals.

(via CNN)

The protests have seen droves of civilian injuries and deaths, but not without casualties on the side of the security forces. Overall, there have been 104 deaths and over 6,000 injuries.

The unrest stems from years of political instability caused by the power vacuum that the country’s former dictator, Saddam Hussein, left. This combined with the devastating financial and infrastructural blow that ISIS and other insurgent dealt to the still-recovering nation on top of political corruption that has gone unchecked for years has left the country’s youth with a 25% unemployment rate.