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Protesters demand accountabi­lity after killings of activists

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IRAQ

Hundreds protest in Baghdad demanding the end of impunity after the killings of dozens of pro-democracy activists.

Hundreds of Iraqis have protested in central Baghdad to demand that authoritie­s hold accountabl­e the killers of dozens of activists associated with a long-running protest movement.

More than 70 activists have been targeted in assassinat­ions, attempted murders and abductions since a prodemocra­cy protest movement erupted against government corruption and incompeten­ce in 2019.

“We’re here to say that we want to end impunity in Iraq,” Hussein Al-Faili, an 18-year old student, told AFP news agency on Sunday from Firdos Square, a key protest site.

“We want freedom! This revolution started because of this and we won’t stop until we win.”

Dozens also turned out in the southern city of Nasiriya, where tensions have been running high following a hospital fire that killed at least 60 people on Monday.

Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhimi on Friday announced the arrest of four suspects in the point-blank shooting of prominent academic and government adviser Hisham alHashemi a year ago.

Iraqi state television broadcast brief clips late on Friday of the alleged confession of Ahmed al-Kenani, a 36-year-old police lieutenant, who said he had used a pistol to murder al-Hashemi.

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