Thousands of Iraqi protesters took to Baghdad's streets and southern provinces on Sunday in a clear defiance to the powerful Iraqi Shia clerk Muqtada Al-Sadr who recently called off demonstrations against the U.S. embassy to avoid internal strife.
On the other hand, security forces fired tear gas and live bullets against the Iraqi protesters who flooded most of Iraq's provinces and cities.
At least one protester was killed and dozens were reported wounded by Iraqi security forces, as the street rallies continued to grow in size.
Iraq faces a mounting political deadlock in choosing the next prime minister due to public pressure to bring an independent figure from outside the ruling elite.
The issue of consensus on assigning an Iraqi figure to form the government after the resignation of Adil Abdul Mahdi on November 29 is still stalled, especially after a parliamentary committee announced that the president of the republic could replace the prime minister in exceptional cases- a “scenario that the country is likely to turn to.”
According to the latest figures, medical sources and Iraqi police officials revealed that the number of those killed in the demonstrations has surpassed 400.
The Iraqi revolution began in October against widespread government corruption and the lack of public services and jobs. They quickly grew into calls for sweeping changes to Iraq’s political system that was imposed after the 2003 U.S. invasion. Iraqi security forces have responded harshly. At least 500 protesters have been killed since the unrest began.