Sunday, September 19, 2021

Iraqi protesters demand transparency after killings of activists



Hundreds of Iraqis have protested in central Baghdad to demand that authorities hold accountable the killers of dozens of activists associated with a long-running protest movement.

More than 70 activists have been targeted in assassinations, attempted murders and abductions since a pro-democracy protest movement erupted against government corruption and incompetence in 2019.

Dozens also turned out in the southern city of Nasiriya where tensions have been running high following a hospital fire that killed at least 60 people last week.

Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhimi announced the arrest of four suspects in the point-blank shooting of prominent academic and government adviser Hisham al-Hashemi a year ago.

Iraq has been a battleground for influence between arch-foes Washington and Tehran, which has backed paramilitaries and politicians.