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A new wave of protests has exploded across Iraq, with the majority occurring in the capital Baghdad. CNN reported that the protests were the result of unemployment, poor basic services and corruption in the government. Curfews and internet blackouts have been imposed across the country by the government.

The protests have been violent, and police and security forces have responded with force. The Iraqi parliament’s human rights commission reported that the death toll has risen to 99, and nearly 4,000 have been injured. According to NBC, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, the prime minister of Iraq, was ready to meet the protestor’s demands. NBC also reported that masked gunmen stormed news offices in Iraq, and many news sources in Iraq have received threats during the protests.

Protests have sprang up in recent days throughout the world. Lebanese and Chilean citizens have joined the thousands of people around the world who have expressed their displeasure about their current government.

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