Demonstrators run as they take part in a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services in Basra [Essam al-Sudani/Reuters]

An indefinite curfew has been imposed in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, after two days of anti-government protests descended into violence and left at least 13 people dead and hundreds more injured.

On Thursday morning, riot police fired in the air to disperse hundreds of protesters angry at high unemployment gathered at Tahrir Square in central Baghdad in defiance of the curfew.

“We slept here so the police don’t take the place,” one demonstrator told AFP news agency before being pushed back by the police.

Since erupting in Baghdad on Tuesday, the protests have spread to other cities in the country’s south, posing a

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