Flash protests turn to clashes in Iraq

Anti-government protests descended into clashes in several Iraqicities on Sunday, including the southern port city of Basra and the capital Baghdad.In Basra, police officers and troops fired into the air to disperse around 500 protesters who had been throwing rocks, AFP correspondents said.Meanwhile, a few hundred young Iraqis returned to Baghdad’s Tahrir Square for a flash protest, clashing briefly with security forces.Authorities had conducted a major operation to clear a year-long anti-government encampment from the square – the epicentre of the protest movement – and had only reopened it a…

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