Three killed, dozens injured in Iraq protests

KUT, Iraq Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:07am EST

KUT, Iraq Feb 16 (Reuters) - Three people were killed and dozens wounded in the southern Iraqi city of Kut on Wednesday in clashes between security forces and protesters demanding better basic services, police and hospital sources said.

Protesters calling for the removal of corrupt officials and an improvement in basic services threw bricks and stones at Iraqi security forces and took over the city's provincial and government buildings, the sources said.

"The toll from the violent actions of the demonstrations is three protesters killed and about 30 wounded, including 15 policemen from the facilities protection service," a police source in Kut said.

(Reporting by Jaafar al-Taie in Kut and Ahmed Rasheed in Baghdad; Writing by Serena Chaudhry; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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Tantonee wrote:
That is great those people in Iraq are Demonstrating peacefully since the beginning of the Month and they did more than 11 demonstrations all around Iraq or more, and ignoring them like this from the media ,UN society , Governments…. etc; infuses anger and rage among them and this is the first time they lose control as you can review their Dem on Salheya and al hurya round about, and the tent they did on Fordous area that was raided by the Iraqi Police just today.

Feb 16, 2011 8:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
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