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03 Dec 2020 | 05:32 AM UTC

Iraq: Anti-government protests ongoing at Sara Square, Sulaymaniyah Dec. 3

Anti-government protests ongoing at Sara Square, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq Dec. 3; violence reported; localized transport disruptions likely

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Event

Anti-government protests are continuing for the second day near Sara Square in Sulaymaniyah as of Dec. 3. Security forces have deployed to the area, allegedly firing tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowds.

Security forces will likely remain deployed in the area through Dec. 3. Protests may persist in the coming hours or spread to other areas of Sulaymaniyah. Additional clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out. Ground travel disruptions are likely near any future protest.

Advice

Avoid all protests due to the likelihood of additional violence. Exercise caution near likely demonstration sites. Leave immediately and take refuge in a secure, non-government building if violence erupts. Monitor local media for details concerning protest activity, as organizers may not announce plans in advance. Follow police instructions.

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