Two protesters were killed and several others were injured in clashes with police during demonstrations Baghdad’s Tahrir Square over electricity cuts, local sources said on Monday.
Dozens of Iraqi protesters gathered in the capital on Sunday night to protest the power outages and lack of public services, videos shared by activists on social media showed.
Iraqi security forces reportedly also fired tear gas canisters at protesters in an attempt to disperse the crowd, local media said.
Security forces are using live ammunition tonight agaisnt Iraqi protesters in Tayaran Square near Tahrir Square in #Baghdad after they blocked a main road demanding electricity and basic services. #IraqProtests #العراق pic.twitter.com/CPow4QETv3— Lawk Ghafuri (@LawkGhafuri) July 26, 2020
Demonstrations first erupted across Iraq late last year with Iraqis calling for the resignation of the government and rejecting Iranian influence in the country.