In Iraq, promises to calm the revolt

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After more than 100 deaths and 4,000 injuries in six days. The government announced a series of social measures, including to young people.

In an attempt to extinguish the revolt that has rocked Iraq since Tuesday. Which has already left more than 100 dead and 4,000 wounded. The Iraqi government announced, this Sunday at dawn, seventeen major social reforms. Increase in assistance to families in difficulty, construction of 100,000 housing units, pension allowance for unemployed young people, vocational training programs, etc.

Unemployment, affecting one in four young people, rampant corruption and failing public services are the biggest causes of the anger that has thrown thousands of young men into the streets for six days. The movement, which seems to have no leader, expresses a global headwind in a state struggling with shortages of drinking water and electricity while it is the fifth country in the world in terms of reserves of oil. According to official figures, the equivalent of 410 billion euros of public money has been diverted in fifteen years.

“Martyrs”

According to the latest assessment of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, 105 people died in six days. Six police officers would be among the victims. Most of the deaths were caused by bullets fired by snipers. The authorities, accusing “saboteurs” and “unidentified gunmen”.

The bloody crackdown on the protests and the Internet shutdown have spurred anger in Baghdad, the capital. But also in the south of the country. The UN representative in Iraq on Saturday called for an end to violence and dialogue.

boycott

Saturday, a special session in Parliament to consider the establishment of social measures could not be held. The quorum of MPs was not reached following a boycott by the opposition. These measures were subsequently announced by decree by the Prime Minister, Abdul Mahdi. Who promised “to try all the corrupt” and “put in place the necessary conditions to reform the country.”

No one knows if these promises will be enough to calm the anger. On Sunday, clashes on the outskirts of Baghdad rang protesters trying to reach the iconic Tahrir Square and police firing live ammunition.

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