Iraqi security troops kill one and wound seven in Baghdad

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An anti-government protester holds a placard with Arabic that reads, "We are a stubborn people," during ongoing anti-government protests, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, February 23, 2020. AP Photo

Iraqi protesters clean a street at Baghdad's Tahrir square on February 23, 2020. AFP

Students and other demonstrators hold national flags during ongoing anti-government protests, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Februar 23, 2020. AP Photo

An anti-government protester holds an Iraqi flag during ongoing anti-government protests, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, February 23, 2020. AP Photo

A woman holds a picture of her a missing protester son during ongoing anti-government protests, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, February 23, 2020. Arabic on the poster reads, "Freedom for paramedic Omr Ali." AP Photo

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Feb 23, 2020

February 23, 2020

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Iraqi security forces killed one person and wounded seven on Sunday when they opened fire on protesters in Baghdad, security and medical sources said.

Iraq is facing a crisis, with mass anti-government protests erupting on October 1 in the capital and spreading through the provinces in the south of the country.

Nearly 500 protesters have been killed after being fired at by Iraqi security troops, who have used bullets, bird shot and tear gas to disperse crowds.

Protesters are demanding the removal of what they see as corrupt ruling elite and an end to foreign interference in Iraqi politics, mainly by Iran and the US.

The unrest has also been spurred by poor social services and high unemployment.

Demonstrators continue to march to show their rejection of the Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Allawi.

Although the embattled premier has promised to hold an early election free from "the influence of money, weapons and foreign interference", his promise has not halted the protests.

In the capital’s Khilani and Tahrir squares on Sunday, thousands of students marched holding pictures of those who were killed in the protests.

“Our soul and blood be sacrificed to you, Iraq,” was chanted, after at least two protesters were injured in confrontations with riot police near Khilani Square on Saturday.

Updated: February 23, 2020 11:33 PM

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