Students across the country have joined the nationwide protests on Monday, October 28, following a weekend of deadly protests. At least 74 Iraqis were killed in demonstrations since Friday, October 25.
Protests were reported in Baghdad, Basra, Diwaniya, and Nasiriyah as of the morning (local time) on Monday. In Diwaniya, students and professors have launched a ten days sit-in. A heightened security presence has been reported near universities in Baghdad.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in Baghdad and other urban centers over the coming days as protests continue. Disruptions to internet and telecommunications services are possible amid the unrest. Localized traffic disruptions are to be expected around protest sites, and clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Demonstrations broke out on October 1 to protest perceived government corruption, inadequate provision of public services, and a lack of job opportunities. Dozens have been killed and thousands wounded in the following weeks of unrest.
Individuals in Baghdad and across Iraq are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid all protests and large public gatherings due to potential violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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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