At least five dead in Iraqi ‘day of rage’ protests

first_img Share 42 Views   no discussions Share Share The crowds tried to pull down concrete security barriers in the centre of BaghdadAt least five people have been killed in anti-government protests in Iraq as thousands take to the streets in cities across the country for a “day of rage”.Baghdad has been virtually locked down, with the authorities banning traffic in the city centre and deploying several thousand soldiers on the streets.Still, several hundred people gathered in Baghdad’s own Tahrir Square, calling for reform, but not regime change.Mass demonstrations are also being held elsewhere in the Middle East.In Libya, witnesses say government troops opened fire on protesters in Tripoli, as the authorities crack down on opposition protests – at least five deaths were reportedYemen saw some of the largest marches yet by pro- and anti-government protesters in the capital SanaaEgyptians in their thousands returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square to mark two weeks since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak from the presidency and to press for reformsTens of thousands attended a day of mourning in Manama for those killed in recent unrest in BahrainMore than 3,000 people have joined the largest protests yet in Amman, Jordan, calling for greater political rights and economic reformsDemonstrations are expected to be held in the West Bank city of RamallahThe protests follow a wave of Arab revolts that have toppled the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt, and challenged the rule of Col Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.Lock downSoldiers blocked every road leading into Baghdad to try to stop protesters from carrying out their planned day of rage, says the BBC’s Jonathan Head in the Iraqi capital.No vehicles were allowed into the city centre and thousands of riot police took up position in and around Baghdad Tahrir Square.Protesters threw rocks and stones at riot police and tried to overturn concrete barriers blocking the Jumhuriyah bridge, near the square.On Thursday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged people not to join the protests for security reasons, and accused the protest organisers of being al-Qaeda insurgents and Saddam Hussein loyalists.But several hundred people still braved the intimidating military presence to rally in the square, denouncing corruption and poor services, says our correspondent.But the cry was for reform not revolution. The government was elected only a year ago and includes most of Iraq’s main factions, he adds.“We don’t want to change the government, because we elected them, but we want them to get to work,” the AFP news agency quoted one 24-year-old student as saying.“We want them to enforce justice. We want them to fix the roads. We want them to fix the electricity. We want them to fix the water.”Another man told Reuters he had walked for two hours from the poorer district of Sadr City to attend.“People are hungry. We ask the government to find job opportunities for the young. All my sons are unemployed, I’m here to express the injustice that we live in,” he said.The protesters also criticised the comparatively high salaries paid to MPs when many people are struggling to get by.Violent clashes  Outside Baghdad, protests have been more violent and at least five people have been killed.In the northern city of Mosul, at least three people died and 15 were wounded in clashes, a police source said.At least two others were killed and 22 injured in scuffles in the northern town of Hawija as protesters set fire to a local council building, a police source said.About 4,000 people protested outside a governor’s office in Iraq’s second city of Basra, knocking over concrete barriers and demanding the lawmaker resign.Protests were also held in Falluja, Kirkuk and other smaller cities – the latest in weeks of protest as Iraqis vent their frustration over poor living conditions, widespread corruption, and lack of jobs. News At least five dead in Iraqi ‘day of rage’ protests by: – February 25, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet BBC Newslast_img read more

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Bulldogs Battle Trojans On The Mat

first_imgThe BMS Wrestling team fell to Sunman Dearborn by a score of 80-27 on Thursday night.The Bulldogs were crippled by forfeits giving up 48 points to the Trojans through eight unfilled weight classes. Things started off slow through the lower weight classes and the Dogs did not get their first victory until Elijah Stover pinned his opponent at the 140 pound weight class. Josh Mobley followed at the 145 pound weight class with a decision win. Aaron Norman contributed a third straight win with a forfeit at 155 pounds. The win streak was broken up by a forfeit at 165 pounds, but then Chase Hamilton and Jesus Garcia both picked right back up where things left off with back to back pins at 180 and 195 pounds.The Bulldogs added three more winners in JV competition. Bobby Weiler defeated his opponent 6-2 in a decision victory. Hunter Laudick battled it out in a 10-7 decision, and Jesus Garcia pinned his opponent for the second time in as many matches.The team will head to South Dearborn on Saturday for an Invitational before heading back to BMS for two straight home meets next week.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Bob Weiler Jr.last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua rematch ‘will not be in UK’ – Andy Ruiz –

first_imgThe rematch between unified world heavyweight champion, Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua will not happen in the United Kingdom according to the titleholder.Anthony Joshua was stunned on June 1, 2019, in New York by Ruiz.The rematch is contractually expected to happen between the duo in Briton.According to Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, the Cardiff’s Principality Stadium was the “frontrunner” venue for the return bout.However, Ruiz has debunked the assertion that the fight between himself and the British boxer will not happen in the UK.He said on the Joe Rogen’s Experience “That’s not going to happen” when asked the possibility of the match being held in the United Kingdom.He added: “We have been going back and forth, my team and their team. I’d love to have it back at Madison Square Garden to run it back.“The Staples Center [Los Angeles], Las Vegas would have been great too.”Ruiz, 29, has also cleared the air on the likelihood that the fight will not happen to say on the emphasis that the bout will “definitely” happen this year.“I don’t think we will be changing too much,” he added. “Just exactly what we did for the last one is what we will be doing, just more intense.“I’m willing to fight anybody, as soon as I win the rematch. Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder – anybody.”American-born Ruiz, who fights under a Mexican flag as a result of his heritage, says he has watched the fight “about 30 times” and revealed his life has transformed since the win.“A lot of people didn’t know we were struggling a lot even before this fight,” he said. “I was with Top Rank [promoters] and not getting a lot of fights.I had one more fight left with them and they didn’t want to let me go so I had to pay the contract off. Everything turned around so quickly.“From having nothing to wanting something in life is big motivation, especially me – I have five kids.It feels nice getting the stuff I always wanted, seeing famous people having nice stuff, now I can get it for myself, my family, kids, and mother.” Source: BBC Sportslast_img read more

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