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Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in al-Habboubi Square in the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, on Friday, to mark the second anniversary of the ‘October protests.’

Demonstrators were seen holding pictures of killed protesters and chanting slogans calling for the identification and accountability of their killers.

"These crowds took to the streets to voice their rejection of the authority, the authority of inequality, corruption and failure. We are the brothers of Sejjad al-Iraqi, Thaer al-Tayib, Abdul Quddus who were unfairly and violently killed by the authority. We are the brothers of the missing, whose fate has not been disclosed yet,” said civil activist Ahmed Muhammad Shayeh.

The rallies were held as security forces circled al-Habboubi Square.

The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights has declared that at least 600 protesters were killed during the ‘October protests’ in 2019.

SOUNDBITES:

SOT, Ahmed Muhammad Shayeh, civil activist (Arabic): "The crowds of Dhi Qar went out to mark the great pure peaceful ‘October protests.’ These crowds took to the streets to voice their rejection of the authority, the authority of inequality, corruption and failure. We are the brothers of the missing, whose fate has not been disclosed yet. The political opposition has been bragging about their jihad and they’re quelling the oppressor. Nonetheless, having seized the power they acted aggressively with false fallacious slogans."

SOT, Saray Hussein al-Salihi, father of one of the deceased protesters (Arabic): "I am the October revolution’s son, and I will remain as such. I will always be a mujahid and a protester challenging all parties’ will, from the first one to the last. This is my son, Karar Hussain Salihi, who martyred holding the flag of Iraq and calling Labeik, Iraq, and Hussain."

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