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5 Killed In Iraq After Cleric’s Supporters Clash With Anti-Government Protestors

The anti-government protestors allegedly attempted to block the path of a rally organised in support of Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr

5 Killed In Iraq After Cleric’s Supporters Clash With Anti-Government Protestors
A soldier burns motorcycles that belong to protesters while security forces prevent anti-government protesters from setting up sit in tents in Basra, Iraq. | AP/PTI Photo
5 Killed In Iraq After Cleric’s Supporters Clash With Anti-Government Protestors
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2020-11-28T18:17:29+05:30

Supporters of an Iraqi cleric shot dead five people on Saturday, during clashes with anti-government protesters in southern Iraq, officials said.

The anti-government protestors attempted to block the path of a rally organised in support of Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada al-Sadr. Followers of the populist cleric also wounded 40 others during the clashes, according to two medical officials. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The anti-government protesters were camping at a main square in the city of Nasiriya, which has been the epicentre of the youth-led protest movement seeking to overpower Iraq's ruling sectarian elite. Following the clashes beginning on Friday, al-Sadr's supporters stormed Haboubi square, and torched tents.

Al-Sadr leads a powerful political bloc in the Iraqi Parliament and his supporters had called for a demonstration in support of the leader's call for mass participation in next year's nationwide elections.

Meanwhile, anti-government protesters have felt betrayed by al-Sadr's flip-flop approach toward them, especially in the last few months when he withdrew support for their movement. Dozens returned to the anti-government protest site on Saturday morning in support of those protesters killed overnight.

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