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One dead in Baghdad anti-government protests

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Published on October 25, 2019 - Duration: 01:30s

One dead in Baghdad anti-government protests

A number of protesters were injured and one was killed in Baghdad as security forces used tear gas and stun grenades to repel demonstrators.

Emily Wither reports.

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One dead in Baghdad anti-government protests

There's more of this in the capital Baghdad, as frustrated Iraqis took to the streets again to protest corruption and economic hardship.

A protester struck in the face by a tear gas canister has died.

The death comes as an Iraqi government committee investigating the wave of unrest found that 149 civilians were killed down to security forces using excessive force and live fire on protesters.

That's according to a report seen by Reuters.

In it the report details how more than 70% of the deaths were caused by shots to the head or chest.

The committee is holding senior commanders responsible but has stopped short of blaming the prime minister and other top officials.

Saying there was no official orders from leadership, but that officers and commanders had lost control of their forces during protests.

The report recommends that the Baghdad operations commander in charge of the response to the unrest and dozens of other senior security officials be dismissed and put on trial.

The authorities have struggled to address discontent since sometimes violent unrest erupted in Baghdad at the start of October.

It has since spread to southern cities.

Demonstrators blame corrupt officials and political elites for failing to improve their lives.

And despite excessive force, have continued to make their demands known.

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