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Two Iraq protesters killed as anti-government unrest persists

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Published on January 27, 2020 - Duration: 01:05s

Two Iraq protesters killed as anti-government unrest persists

Unidentified gunmen shot dead two protesters in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya after security forces began a crackdown on months-long demonstrations against the countryโ€™s largely Iran-backed ruling elite.

Francis Maguire reports.

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Two Iraq protesters killed as anti-government unrest persists

Two protesters were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Iraq late Sunday.

As security forces began a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations that have dragged on for months.

Officials said the two protesters were killed by gunmen in four pickup trucks who attacked the main protest camp in the southern city of Nassiriya.

They also set fire to the demonstrators' tents before fleeing the scene.

At least 75 protesters were wounded in clashes in the city overnight.

Unrest also resumed in Baghdad on Monday morning, where police fired tear gas at demonstrators.

The protests began in Baghdad on October 1st against the largely Iranian-backed government and quickly turned violent.

Security forces and unidentified gunmen have shot protesters dead.

Nearly 500 people have been killed in the unrest.

Demonstrators have demanded that all parties and politicians be removed.

They want free and fair elections and corruption rooted out.

The government has responded with violence and partial reform.

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