6 Iraqi pro­test­ers killed; troops re­take bridges

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

BAGH­DAD — Iraqi se­cu­rity forces killed six anti-gov­ern­ment pro­test­ers and wounded more than 100 oth­ers on Satur­day, push­ing them back from three flash­point bridges in cen­tral Bagh­dad, med­i­cal and se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said.

Five of the pro­test­ers were killed by live am­mu­ni­tion; the sixth died after be­ing shot in the head with a tear gas can­is­ter.

The cur­rent cy­cle of anti-gov­ern­ment protests and the heavy-handed se­cu­rity crack­down has left more than 250 peo­ple dead. Mass protests erupted in Bagh­dad and across south­ern Iraq last month, call­ing for the over­haul of the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem es­tab­lished after the 2003 U.S.-led in­va­sion.

The deaths oc­curred Satur­day as demon­stra­tors tried to reach the heav­ily for­ti­fied Green Zone, the seat of gov­ern­ment.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.