Iraq may be one of the biggest oil producers worldwide, but there are still frequent power outages and the reconstruction of the country is not progressing. Many Iraqis are fed up. They have taken to the streets. And protests have turned violent.
Nothing is going well in Iraq. The population is poor, the political class is corrupt. Young people are rising up and there could be one big loser, writes Rainer Hermann of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Protesters have stormed the Iranian consulate in the Iraqi city of Najaf and set fire to the entire building, authorities said. Police reportedly fired live rounds into the crowd but failed to prevent the breach.
The death toll rose throughout Thursday as Iraqi authorities continued its bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.
Thousands have been wounded and hundreds killed in nearly two months of demonstrations.
Crisis-ridden Iraq has been plagued by violent protests that have left dozens dead. Anger over living conditions in the country shows no sign of abating, but what exactly is fueling it?
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