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Iraq protests claim 9 lives in less than week: HRC

BAGHDAD, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- People take part in a protest in Baghdad, Iraq, on Oct. 29, 2019. The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert on Tuesday called for holding national dialogue to resolve the ongoing anti-government protests in Iraq. Xinhua/UNI PHOTO-5F

At least nine people were killed and 135 others injured in less than a week during the nation wide anti-government protest, Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights has said in a statement. In October, people began nationwide protests in Iraq demanding the ouster of the government, as well as economic reforms, better living conditions, social welfare and an end to corruption.
As of now, 300 people have been killed and about 15,000 others injured. It called upon the Iraqi government to ban the security forces from using live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas against the protesters and protect the genuinely peaceful rallies from people who plot violent provocations.