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Families of Sadr City ‘martyrs’ say protests will resume

Families and friends of the dozens of protesters from Baghdad’s Sadr City killed in the recent protests say they doubt reforms announced by the prime minister will significantly affect the current situation. They warn that protests will continue unless they see real change.
Supporters of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr hold a yellow card which means the last warning, during a protest against the poor performance of parliament and government in Baghdad, Iraq, June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily - RC1968D6E9D0

BAGHDAD — In eastern Baghdad’s narrow, unpaved streets, girls frocked in school clothing rush by and women swoop in and out of doors in all-covering black abayas, as mourning continues for the dozens killed here in the recent protests.

Over 100 people lost their lives, many reportedly shot in the head and chest, and several thousand were injured in the protests that began on Oct. 1

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