Published: Mon, November 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Protests cut port road, close central bank

Protests cut port road, close central bank

They add that 16 others were wounded in the bombing.

An Iraqi man brought along an unusual companion to an anti-government protest - a lion wrapped in the country's flag. Security forces had deployed Sunday on the other side of the bridge and erected concrete barriers to keep protesters from pushing into Green Zone. The officials requested anonymity in line with regulations.

Protesters also cut roads to the airport with burning tires in the holy city of Najaf.

Considering the fact that the protests started October one, at least 320 persons have been killed and 1000's wounded in the money and the mostly Shiite southern provinces.

The leaderless, mass protests aim to sweep aside Iraq's sectarian system imposed after the 2003 USA invasion and its entire political elite.

An Iraqi demonstrator burns tires during ongoing anti-government protests, in Najaf, Iraq, on November 18, 2019.

Bridges foremost toward the Eco-friendly Zone have been a repeated flashpoint in the protests. Demonstrators took control of those bridges earlier this month, but were later repelled when security forces took harsh suppressive measures. They have held a third bridge, Jamhuriya, since October 25.

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After Iraqi security forces pulled back, the protesters pushed closer to the Green Zone, taking control of Khilani Square and part of Sinak bridge.

Within the meantime, staff had been being evacuated from the Central Financial institution in Baghdad, positioned on the favored Rasheed Avenue, as crowds approached the spot.

Protesters have once again blocked the entrance to Iraq's Umm Qasr commodities port near Basra, preventing employees and tankers from entering and bringing operations down by 50%, two port sources told Reuters on Monday. Educational facilities, universities and other establishments shut for the day.

Iraqi security forces fired live ammunition and rounds of heavy tear gas in renewed and bloody clashes with anti-government protesters in central Baghdad on Friday, killing three people, while Iraq's top Shiite religious leader warned its government to heed calls for sweeping political reforms. They also blocked roads with motorcycles and tuk-tuks, snarling traffic.

Another person was wounded when a rocket hit a commercial street on the eastern bank of the river late on Sunday, the security services said in a statement.

The roadblocks are partly in response to a call by influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr for a voluntary strike to keep up the pressure on politicians.

The Times of Israel covers one of the most complicated, and contentious, parts of the world. More than a dozen others were injured.

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