Published:  01:27 AM, 11 October 2019

Iraq mourns for protest dead

Iraq mourns for protest dead Iraqi government admitted the use of "excessive force" in Sadr City in Baghdad. -AFP

 Iraq began three days of national mourning Thursday for more than 100 people killed during recent protests, while the government was expected to present a reshuffle to parliament in response to the political crisis.

While social media sites in Iraq remained inaccessible except intermittently via virtual private network (VPN) applications more images emerged of the violence over the past week in which mainly protesters died from live fire.

Footage showed demonstrators who initially demanded jobs and services before calling for "the fall of the regime" being fatally shot, or running for cover under heavy fire.

---AFP, Baghdad

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