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People in Baghdad defy warnings hit streets to protest lack of jobs

By Rudaw 3/8/2018
Amid warnings by Iraqi Security Forces, people in Baghdad hit the streets of the capital to protest a lack of jobs on Friday.

"Victims of terrorism: Where are the rights of the martyrs?" read a sign held by one woman. 

The sign points out that the government has been talking about justice and democracy.

A group of men held signs demanding their return to military service, saying that they have a contract with the government and they have long served their country.

The demonstrators gathered at Liberation Square in al-Rusafa on the eastern banks of the Tigris.

While protests often occur in the Iraqi capital on Fridays, these took place more than three weeks after waves of protests began in the southern protests over jobs, services, and shares of oil revenues.

The government has undertaken several measures including internet censorship, the deployment of federal forces to oil fields, promises of more domestic jobs, and reaching into emergency fund coffers to pacify the protestors.

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