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Iraq: Lethal Force Used Against Protesters

Expand Mourners carry the flag-draped coffin of a protester killed during a demonstration in Najaf, October 8, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Anmar Khalil (Beirut) – Iraqi security forces have used excessive and unnecessary lethal force in confronting at times rock-throwing protesters, killing at least 105 and wounding over 4,000 since October 1, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces followed protesters as they dispersed, shooting at them and spraying them with scalding water cannons. The protests started in Baghdad and southern cities on October 1, with protesters demanding improved…

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