Activists have reportedly called for a protest in Baghdad on Tuesday, October 1, to denounce the government's perceived inefficiency and corruption, as well as lack of employment opportunities in the country. Protesters are expected to gather at Tahrir Square, although the exact time of the demonstration was not immediately available. As of Monday, September 30, it is unclear how well attended the gathering will be. As per previous demonstrations held in Baghdad, Karkh district, including Jumhuriyah bridge, could be affected by the protest on Tuesday.
Local media reports also indicate that a related protest might take place in Basra on the same day.
Heightened security measures and significant traffic disruptions are to be anticipated around all demonstrations. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Iraq are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid all protests and large public gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.
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