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Two protesters killed in clashes with police in Baghdad

Two protesters were killed and scores others wounded in clashes with security forces in Baghdad late on Sunday, according to a human rights watchdog highlighting a new wave of anti-government protests.

Two protesters were killed and scores others wounded in clashes with security forces in Baghdad late on Sunday, according to a human rights watchdog highlighting a new wave of anti-government protests.

Iraqis took to Tahrir Square in central Baghdad and other cities on Sunday to protest power outages and demand an end to corruption.

Ali al-Bayati, a member of the semi-official Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, told dpa on Monday that Iraqi security forces responded violently to the protests.

The protests returned to Tahrir Square and the southern provinces of Karbala, Nasiriyah and Basra on Monday. Demands included a better power supply.

Protesters blocked a number of roads and bridges and set tyres on fire, causing traffic congestion.

The two victims are the first to die in protests since Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi took office in May.

Al-Kadhemi replaced Adel Abdel Mahdi, who resigned after a nationwide protest movement against government corruption erupted in October that left more than 500 people, mainly protesters, dead.

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