Iraq: Street protests banned by authorities

Security services in Iraq have banned protests on the roads and streets in the country’s capital city, Baghdad.  Places such as Ferdus and Tahrir Square that have been used in the past for demonstrations against the government, have been prohibited by the authorities.  They have approved a list of specific sites as venues for complaints and protests against the corruption and poor performance of the government.

The security chief, Major General Atta, told Al Arabiya that many shop owners and street vendors had complained how demonstrations have affected work and the movement of traffic.

Al-Shaab Stadium also known as ‘The People’s Stadium’ is one of the locations authorized for ‘freedom of expression’.  Other stadiums include Kashafa and Zawraa as permitted sites for demonstrations in Baghdad.

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