Monday, April 21, 2014


Iraq

Thousands Rally Against Iraqi Prime Minister

Demonstrations have swept Sunni-majority areas of Iraq for two weeks.(file photo)
Demonstrations have swept Sunni-majority areas of Iraq for two weeks.(file photo)
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Thousands of Sunni Muslims have taken to the streets of Baghdad and other parts of Iraq in another demonstration of discontent with Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Reports say protests were held on January 11 in Baghdad's mostly-Sunni districts of Adhamiyah and Ghazaliyah, as well as the cities of Ramadi, Samarra, Falluja, Mosul, and Tikrit.

In the western province of Anbar, protesters blocked off a highway linking Iraq to Syria and Jordan for a 20th day.

In the Shi’ite city of Najaf, meanwhile, thousands of demonstrators called for the government to resist calls to reform antiterror legislation.

Demonstrations have swept Sunni-majority areas of Iraq for two weeks.

Protesters say al-Maliki's government persecutes the country's Sunni Muslim minority.

They are calling for the release of prisoners and the reform of antiterror legislation.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

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