Hassan Hamed Al-Baldawi : The city of Nasiriyah, the center of the Iraqi province of Dhi Qar, witnessed, , a bloody day, as hundreds of martyrs and wounded were killed during the protests, which continued, for the fifth day, to demand the dismissal of the governor, Nazim al-Waeli, on the pretext of "corruption and mismanagement."
A medical source in the province told Al-Hayat Press that "9 demonstrators were killed by live bullets during the protests today (yesterday) in the city."
He pointed out that "300 demonstrators and security forces were wounded, 13 of them with live bullets," but eyewitnesses said that it came from the security forces.
Eyewitnesses indicated to Al-Hayat Press that the security forces fired on the demonstrators to prevent them from reaching the governorate building in the city center.
The witnesses indicated that violent clashes occurred between the demonstrators and the security forces in the vicinity of the building, noting that "violence" is still continuing between the two sides.
The security forces completely closed Al-Nasr Bridge, near the Diwan of Dhi Qar Governorate, and also closed all entrances and exits to the city.
And the blood bank in Nasiriyah appealed to the people of Dhi Qar to donate for the injured in the demonstrations. The bank said in a statement, "An appeal to our brothers in Dhi Qar governorate to donate blood for the injured in the demonstrations due to the need for blood drainage and from all factions."
In addition, the Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nassiriya announced that it had stopped receiving the wounded demonstrators, after it was full, and transferred the injured to Al-Amal Hospital.
The MP for Dhi Qar Governorate, Nasser Turki, issued a sharp criticism of the government
And he demanded that it assume national and legitimate responsibility and sprinkle the blood of the people of the governorate calling for the "removal of the corrupt."
He wrote a tweet on Twitter in which he said, "If someone who was martyred in Dhi Qar was a son: or a brother: the prime minister or the president of the republic or the speaker of parliament, the world would have risen and it would not sit."
A deputy called on the government to assume the national and legitimate responsibility and spill the blood of the people of Dhi Qar
He added, "You must assume your national and legitimate responsibilities, and inject the blood of the people of the province from the security forces and the demonstrators calling for the removal of al-corrupt."
And he concluded his tweet with the hashtag, "Stop mockery, evil prevails."
Also, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq warned of the continuing state of insecurity in Dhi Qar, which caused casualties among the demonstrators and the security forces.
And she said in a statement,
It «, through its monitoring teams, followed the protests in Dhi Qar, which led to an exacerbation of clashes between demonstrators and security forces, and with great regret the death of demonstrators and the injury of 300 demonstrators and security forces as a result of the use of live bullets, tear gas, stones and sharp tools in addition to the burning of the governorate building and the closure of the Al-Zaytoun and Al-Karama bridges With burnt tires ».
She expressed her fear that "the continuing insecurity, the failure to address the aggravating problems, and the government and security establishment's role in maintaining security and safety, will lead to chaos and the continuing fall of a large number of victims."
And it indicated that it «previously called on the prime minister to take over the security situation in the governorate and take urgent measures to stop the bloodshed and establish security.
And to stop the security chaos in it and renew its call today after the escalation of clashes and the fall of this large number of martyrs and injured, "calling on the local government to" respond to the demands of peaceful demonstrators and to inject blood and preserve public and private money. "
In addition, Munir Taher al-Bakaa called the mayor of Nasiriyah, the federal government, to develop a radical solution to what is happening in the city, and to respond to the demands of the demonstrators, hinting at another position if Baghdad did not respond.
He stated in a press statement, that "the bloody confrontations between the demonstrators and the security forces and the injury of many parties threaten civil peace in the city of the first letter and the symbol of security, safety and previously peaceful coexistence."
The mayor of Nasiriyah called the government in Baghdad. To "develop a radical solution to matters and respond to the demands of the demonstrators in order to stop the flow of blood and disrupt life in this stricken city," stressing that "in the event of failure to respond, there will be another situation.