The Iraqi protests, or what is known as the October Revolution, erupted on October 2019 ,1, as a result of the deteriorating economic conditions, the high rates of unemployment and poverty, and the spread of corruption at state institutions. The protests started from Baghdad and spread to the rest of Iraq provinces, calling for the resignation of Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government, the formation of an interim government, and holding early elections.

The Iraqi security forces dealt with the demonstrations with excessive violence, and used many deadly and internationally banned weapons, such as live and rubber bullets, against the demonstrators, and deployed snipers in all buildings and areas surrounding the protests, and used sound bombs, water cannons and tear gas canisters to suppress the demonstrations at their start.


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