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Iraq: Intimidation at Anniversary Protests

Uniformed security forces clamped down on demonstrations marking February 2012 anniversaries of the start of weekly protests in Iraq. Security forces blocked access to protest sites in Baghdad; beat and arrested peaceful demonstrators in Sulaimaniya, Kurdistan; and briefly detained, beat, or confiscated equipment from media workers and prevented others from covering the protests. (Beirut) – Uniformed security forces clamped down on demonstrations marking February 2012 anniversaries of the start of weekly protests in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today.read more

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