Protests Erupt in Iraq Over Rising Food Prices

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Iraq’s capital city Baghdad, and Dhi Qar governorates to protest against soaring food prices.

The demonstrators said that they can’t buy essential foodstuff as the price of cooking oils and flour have skyrocketed in local markets.

Over 500 protestors gathered in al-Tahrir square in Baghdad and called for holding accountable those responsible for the rise in food prices.

Separately, a large number of people also staged protests in Dhi Qar, where they called on the government to take measures to control the price hike in essential foodstuffs.

The demonstrators warned to continue protesting, and to expand it across Iraq if the government failed to address their demands.

The Iraqi government on Tuesday said they have taken measures to confront the increase in international prices.

The demonstrators also strongly condemned the attack on protestors and a social activist Dargham Majed during Tuesday’s rally.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi held a meeting with police and related officials to discuss Tuesday’s incident.

A local news agency said that Mustafa al-Kadhimi discussed the shooting incident involving bodyguards of an MP of the Sadrist movement.

Police said investigation has been launched in the matter.

Editors Note: Story “IRAQI-PROTESTS-PRICE-HIKE” corrected on 09.03.2022 15:46 – The previous version contained a minor typographic error in the headline

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