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demonstrations in Iraq

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    kilimasera JF-Expert Member

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    Baghdad (CNN) -- Two people were killed after clashes erupted between demonstrators and security forces in at least two Iraqi cities Friday, police said.
    A teenage boy was killed and eight people were wounded Friday morning when Iraqi security forces opened fire on demonstrators who tried to force their way into a provincial council building in central Mosul, police said.
    In the town of Hawijah -- located about 60 kilometers west of Kirkuk, Iraq -- one protester was killed and 12 others were wounded Friday morning when Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters after hundreds threw stones at police and troops there, Kirkuk police said.
    Demonstrators also amassed in other cities around the country Friday.
    Helicopters hovered and security forces stepped up their presence in Baghdad as nearly 1,000 demonstrators gathered in the city's Tahrir Square to protest corruption and poor government services.
    In Basra, about 550 kilometers south of Baghdad, hundreds gathered outside the governor's office demanding his resignation. In Falluja, about 60 kilometers west of the country's capital, hundreds demonstrated outside a city council building.
    On Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki urged citizens not to participate in Friday's planned massive protests, claiming former members of Saddam Hussein's regime and terrorists were plotting to take advantage of the demonstrations to create chaos in the country.
    Iraq's top Shiite religious leaders, including clerics Ali al-Sistani and Muqtada al-Sadr, have also urged that the Friday demonstrations be delayed.
    Authorities also announced a ban on all vehicle traffic -- except for Iraqi security forces vehicles -- in the cities of Baghdad, Mosul and Samarra, beginning at 12 a.m. Friday.
    Iraqi security forces have been on full alert since Monday and more Iraqi troops have been deployed to the streets of Baghdad ahead of the demonstration on Friday, officials with Iraqi security forces tell CNN on condition of anonymity because of security concerns.
    Since early February, dozens of thousands of protesters have participated in a series of demonstrations across the country, apparently inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Their protests are against corruption, restrictions on freedom of expression, unemployment and poor government services.
    A police officer was killed and three others wounded when hundreds of demonstrators protested in the Iraqi town of Halabja over lack of basic services, corruption and unemployment, the town's mayor said Thursday.
    On Tuesday, hundreds protesting for the same reasons started throwing stones at Iraqi police, Mayor Goran Adham said, wounding 43 police officers in the town, which is located about 84 kilometers (52 miles) southeast of Sulaimaniya in Iraq's Kurdish region.
    The Iraqi government was formed in December, nine months after an inconclusive national election. This is the second elected government in the nearly eight years after a U.S.-led invasion toppled Hussein.

    At least 5 killed in clashes during demonstrations in Iraq - CNN.com
     
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    hivi haya mambo yataisha lini jameni maana naona yanaongezeka sasa na bei ya mafuta lazima ipande duniani maisha nayo yatazidi kua magumu!
     
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