Iraqi protesters set fireplace to Iran consulate in Najaf: police, first responders


A protester pours gas on a tire to burn it as he blocks a avenue throughout ongoing anti-government protests in Najaf, Iraq November 27, 2019. Information/Alaa al-Marjani

Baghdad – (Information) – Iraqi protesters stormed and set fireplace to the Iranian consulate within the southern metropolis of Najaf on Wednesday, police and civil protection sources mentioned.

Workers on the consulate had evacuated earlier than the incident, they mentioned. Authorities introduced a curfew shortly afterwards, state media reported.

The protesters entered the compound late on Wednesday and set fireplace to the complete consulate constructing, the police and civil protection supply mentioned.

Iraqis have taken to the road of their 1000’s to demand the departure of their authorities and political class which they view as corrupt and beholden to overseas powers, particularly neighboring Iran.

Authorities have shot useless greater than 300 folks in an tried crackdown on the unrest, in accordance with police and medics.

Iranian-backed events and paramilitary teams dominate state establishments and parliament.

Reporting by John Davison and Alaa Swilam