Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council announces release of over 2,600 protesters

Iraqi demonstrators gather during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq, December 6, 2019. Reuters

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SULAIMANI — The Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq on Sunday (December 8) announced the release of more than 2,600 protesters detained during the protests sweeping parts of the country.

In total, the court released 2,626 protesters who had been detained in Baghdad and the other provinces in central and southern Iraq, but said that investigations were ongoing in cases related to 181 others.

“[Those] detainees were accused of violating the law and their cases will be decided by the courts,” the statement read.

Iraqis took to the streets at the beginning of October to protest of corruption, lack of services, and unemployment, but since then the unrest has become a more general uprising seeking the ouster of the Iraq's political establishment.

More than 400 people have been killed in Baghdad and provinces in the south. Thousands have been injured in the unrest as the government and so-called “third party groups” have used live ammunition, snipers, and tear gas in an attempt put down the protests.

(NRT Digital Media)