Baghdad : Iraqi firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr called on the government to resign as violence spiked Friday across the country and protesters clashed with police on the fourth day of deadly demonstrations against corruption and unemployment.
The former Shiite militia leader, whose bloc is the biggest in parliament, said in a statement that in order to avoid further deaths “the government should resign and early elections should be held under UN supervision”.
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He said he could “not keep silent” as Iraqi blood was being shed.
At least 44 people, including six police, have been killed with hundreds wounded in four days, medical and security sources said.
Friday saw chaotic scenes of protests in Baghdad and other cities with at least 10 people killed, including four — two police and two civilians — who security forces said were shot dead by “unidentified snipers”.
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