The wave of protests that broke out last Tuesday in Baghdad and in the main cities of the south of the country has left 105 people dead and more than 6,000 injured according to the latest report published by the High Commission on Human Rights of the Government of Iraq. Human Rights Watch also speaks of 105 deaths and at least 4,000 injured. Saturday was again a bloody day in the capital despite the government announcing the end of the curfew early in the day. At least 19 people died in clashes between protesters and security forces. On Sunday, at least eight civilians were killed and another 15 were injured in new clashes between protesters and police, according to police and medical sources. Alarmed by the escalation, the UN has urged the end of violence and the beginning of a dialogue. Clashes persist in the cities of Nasiriyah and Diwaniya. Under pressure, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday announced on 9 October a reorganization of the cabinet, declared three days of national mourning and said those who shot at protesters would be punished.
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