Lawyers lead anti-government protest in Baghdad

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 10, 2011 13:02

BAGHDAD — Lawyers have added their voices to anti-government protests in Iraq that have been inspired by the popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

About 3,000 demonstrated on Thursday to demand better services, jobs and the end of human rights abuses in prisons.

The protest was organized by Iraq's lawyers union. It was held in a Sunni Muslim neighborhood in western Baghdad, where there is simmering resentment against the Shi'ite-led government.

Lawyers in the cities of Basra and Mosul held similar but smaller demonstrations. All the protests were peaceful.

On Sunday, protesters scuffled with riot police and marched along sewage-filled streets in demonstrations across Iraq to demand better utilities and job security from their government.


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