The government has scrambled to quell the demonstrations against it in a crackdown that has killed dozens of people [Murtaja Lateef/EPA]
Protests against Iraq‘s government and the wider political system have pulsated in different parts of the country this week as long-standing grievances over a stuttering economy and official corruption prompted thousands to take to the streets.
Those rallying accuse the political class of failing to provide necessary services, essential infrastructure and employment opportunities.
The government has scrambled to quell the demonstrations in a crackdown that has killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds more since Tuesday. Meanwhile, curfews have been declared in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, and a number of southern cities.
Here, protesters in Baghdad – some of whom wished to remain anonymous or