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‘Scores of anti-government protesters killed’ in Iraqi militia attacks

SCORES of protesters are believed to have been killed when tents were burned down in Baghdad, Najaf and Nasiriyah by armed militia yesterday.

While the government reported no casualties, a police official in Najaf — speaking to the Morning Star on condition of anonymity — said that dozens had been killed and accused the administration of a cover-up over what appeared to be a co-ordinated attack.

He said: “Militias are controlling Iraq … If you oppose them, they will kill you. This is happening right now, they are killing protesters.”

Fearing for his own life, he said: “I will be killed very soon. The militias and government have seen my [social media] posts … We are tired.”

The anti-government uprising started last October and forced the resignation of prime minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi the following month.

Protesters have also rejected his replacement, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, who was appointed by President Barham Salih earlier this month, seeing him as part of the same corrupt regime they are trying to replace.

At least 600 people are believed to have been killed by security forces and armed militia since the protests began.

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