16 protesters and police injured

Renewed demonstrations and clashes in the Iraqi "Nasiriya" for the sixth day

Part of the protests in Nasiriyah.


Eyewitnesses reported, yesterday evening, that 16 demonstrators and the Iraqi police were injured after the renewed protests for the sixth day in a row in front of the Diwan building of Dhi Qar Governorate (375 km south of Baghdad). Stones were thrown between protesters and police forces, and gunfire was heard during the clashes.

The governor of Dhi Qar, Nazem al-Waili, submitted, yesterday evening, his resignation to the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, against the backdrop of the unrest in the province, which left six dead and more than 250 injured. And to control security and stability and meet the demands of the demonstrators, and create the environment for the implementation of service projects, solve the unemployment crisis and fight corruption, solve the problems of detainees, and search for the kidnapped civilian activists.

On the other hand, a large picture of the Pope of Vatican Francis, with a map of Iraq and a drawing of the archaeological ziggurat of Ur, was uploaded in Haboubi Square, the center of popular demonstrations in central Nasiriyah, on which was written a welcome to the Pope's visit, which is expected next week, to Dhi Qar Governorate.

It is expected that the Pope of the Vatican will begin, on the fifth of next March, a four-day visit to Iraq, which includes the governorates of Baghdad, Najaf, Nasiriyah, Nineveh and the Kurdistan region.

During the past few days, a delegation from the Vatican made field visits to the governorates of Najaf and Dhi Qar, in preparation for the Pope’s visit, and developed an integrated program to visit the two cities, while a large mass will be held in Baghdad, Nineveh and the Kurdistan region during his upcoming historic visit.

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