(BAGHDAD, Iraq.) LATEST: JUST IN: Protestors take to the streets on Sunday night and attack the Iranian consulate in city of Karbala as security forces open fire killing at least three people but conflicting reports say it was unidentified gunmen #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Nov.04: At least three people were reportedly shot dead when protesters attacked the Iranian consulate in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala on Sunday night: The protesters, who demanded that Iran stop interfering in Iraq’s internal affairs, climbed the consulate’s walls…………….There were reports that the security forces opened fire, but another account said unknown gunmen were responsible: It came as mass demonstrations against Iraq’s government continued in Baghdad despite a plea from the prime minister: Adel Abdul Mahdi called on the protesters – who are angry at his failure to deal with widespread corruption, high unemployment and poor public services – to re-open roads and “help restore normality to the country”

Iraqi protesters start a fire outside the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Karbala (3 November 2019)AFP

Protesters threw burning objects over the walls around the Iranian consulate

He said the government respected peaceful protests, but that the blocking of roads around the capital and key ports in the south, combined with the “threatening of oil interests”, had cost the country billions and contributed to price rises: President Barham Saleh said last week that Mr Abdul Mahdi was willing to resign once a replacement was found, and that a new election law was being drafted……………But the protesters want to sweep away the entire political establishment.

Iraqi protester carries an Iraqi flag on the wall around the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Karbala (3 November 2019)EPASeveral protesters scaled the consulate’s walls and waved Iraqi flags

Iran, which backs the Iraqi government and a number of powerful local Shia militias, has urged protesters to seek changes within the “framework of legal structures”, warning them that “the enemy wants to break” the structures: “The US and Western intelligence services, with the financial backing of reactionary countries in the region, are spreading turmoil,” Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week.

On Sunday, dozens of people shouting “Karbala is free, Iran out, out!” took part in the protest outside the Iranian consulate.

#AceNewsDesk reports …………..Published: Nov.04: 2019:

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