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Demonstrators light fires in front of the Iranian consulate in Kerbala Demonstrators light fires in front of the Iranian consulate in Kerbala 

Iraq: 3 protesters killed outside Iranian consulate

Iraqi security forces shot dead at least 3 protesters in Kerbala on Sunday night, as they demonstrated outside the Iranian consulate.

By Devin Watkins

Dozens of Iraqi protesters gathered in the Shi’ite holy city of Karbala on Sunday night.

They set tires ablaze and attacked Iran’s local consulate.

Demonstrators chanted slogans like “Iran out, Kerbala remains free”.

Some threw firebombs over the walls, others scaled the concrete barriers, and an attempt was made to take down the Iranian flag flying on the property. They didn’t succeed.

Iraqi security forces showed up and mowed down dozens of protesters with live fire, killing 3 people and wounding 19 others.

Violent protests

The incident is the latest in a series of protests that have rocked Iraq since early October, in which hundreds of people have died.

Most of the anger is directed at Iraq’s government, which people increasingly consider corrupt and beholden to foreign interests.

But protesters are increasingly directing their ire at neighboring Shi’ite Iran.

Anti-Iranian sentiment

Analysts say the spread of anti-Iranian sentiment within Shi’ite parts of Iraq means people are beginning to care less about sectarian identity and more about economic concerns.

Despite the country’s great oil wealth, many Iraqis live in poverty and lack access to clean water, healthcare, or education.

Pope Francis recently called on all people in Iraq to pursue the path of dialogue, not violence.

04 November 2019, 16:30