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Iraq protests continue despite calls for calm

Protests continue in Iraq for the fourth day in a row despite the prime minister's and other figures' efforts to calm the streets.
Demonstrators gather at a protest during a curfew, three days after the nationwide anti-government protests turned violent, in Baghdad, Iraq October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani - RC19E6A9D5F0

As the protests in Iraq continue for the fourth day in a row, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani spoke separately about possible solutions to the unrest. But their talks weren't enough to convince the protesters to go home.

In a televised address, Abdul Mahdi told protesters their voices have already been heard and their demands are legitimate. He promised the protesters to address their demands and asked the parliament to support him in amending his Cabinet.

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