Five protesters were allegedly killed by Iraqi security forces during demonstrations at the capital, Baghdad, and the cities of Baqubah and Karbala on Monday.
The protesters have been exerting pressure on the government to implement reforms. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets to express dissatisfaction at the government’s slow pace of implementing reforms including the appointment of an independent prime minister, the prosecution of officials suspected of corruption and the holding of a snap poll under a new electoral law.
Although the government did not confirm the deaths, reports indicate that two were killed in Baghdad, two others in Baqubah and another was killed in the country’s southern city of Karbala.
Video footage showed several wounded protesters being carried away from the streets.