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Iraq New demonstrations erupt in the city of Sadr

2019-10-10

New nighttime protests broke out in the streets of Sadr, Baghdad, as the rest of the country's regions returned to calm after a troubled week.

Iraqi security forces began arresting protesters after nightfall in eastern and northwestern parts of Baghdad, police sources told Reuters agency.

Police said protesters burned tires in front of City Council and City Court headquarters and shots were fired at police. For their part, the protesters claimed that they were victims of major police violence throughout the previous week.

Police carried recent photographs of protesters to identify and arrest them. Iraq’s semi-official high commission for human rights said about 500 people had been released from the 800 detained last week. For his part, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned deadly violence during protests in Iraq and called on the country's government to exercise maximum restraint, the State Department said Tuesday.

In a call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, Pompeo condemned the recent violence in Iraq and noted that those who violated human rights should be held accountable, the department said in a statement.