“We are working to provide full protection for all media organizations operating in Baghdad,” said Muayyad al-Lami, president of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, and said no one would be allowed to attack any journalist or media organization in Iraq.
Al-Arabiya correspondent in the Iraqi capital said that the office had received threats in the past few days, until the office communicated with the security authorities to provide them with the necessary protection. Indeed, protection was provided for a short time, but the pressure of the demonstrations forced the protection teams. To withdraw and leave. ”
In other details, the reporter described that black cars picked up masked people (approximately 10 people), wearing black uniforms, broke into the main entrance, attacked the staff in the office of the channel, beat employees with weapons, and then smashed equipment and mobile devices.
The correspondent added that the gunmen had deluded the workers that they carried out mock executions, and they spoke in ordinary Iraqi dialect, and then came out of the office to an unknown location, and confirmed the injuries among colleagues during the attack.
The reporter said that the team received assurances from the Prime Minister’s Office and other officials and promises to follow up the details of the attack, and confirmed that there was a meeting of senior officials, one of which pledged to open a full investigation into this attack.
The reporter also noted that elements of the Federal Police declined to provide assistance to the channel team during the attack.
Parliament Speaker Mohammad al-Halbousi on Saturday called on the government to name the “whales of corruption” to hold them accountable.
Halbousi was speaking at a press conference from the parliament building, after the latter failed to hold a session to discuss the crisis of the current protests, due to the boycott of several blocs, most notably the bloc “Sairon”, the largest parliamentary bloc, and supported by the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr.
He pledged to fight corruption by saying that “the scourge of corruption is no different from terrorism, and we will work to fight whales of corruption.”
He called on protesters to continue to demand their legitimate rights, but avoid clashes with security forces. Pledging to fight corruption and enact laws that contribute to reforms.
The Iraqi News Agency (INA) said that the Council of Ministers issued the first package of “important” decisions in an extraordinary session called by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.
The special session was held on Saturday evening in response to the demands of the demonstrators and the general public and the text of the speech of the supreme religious authority. The decisions were as follows:
1. Open the door to apply for residential land allocated to low-income people and other categories in accordance with the decision of the Council of Ministers, and in all governorates.
2. Completing the distribution of (17000) seventeen thousand housing units to the beneficiaries of low income in Basra province within a period not exceeding four weeks.
3. Preparing and implementing a national housing program that includes the construction of 100,000 housing units distributed among the governorates, and giving priority to the poorest governorates and regions.
4. The governors shall form committees to sort out the names of the most needy families in their governorates, from the category of those covered by the social welfare network, in order to cover the distribution of residential land and submit the names to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers within two weeks.
5. The Ministry of Finance shall strengthen the balance of the Housing Fund in order to increase the number of borrowers and enable them to build housing units on plots of land to be distributed to citizens and to include this in the 2020 budget. Loans shall be exempt from interest in accordance with the Law of the Fund.
6. Granting (150,000) one hundred and fifty thousand unemployed persons who do not have the ability to work monthly grant of (175000) one hundred and seventy-five thousand dinars per person for three months, with a total amount of (78.5 billion) seventy-eight billion and a half billion dinars.
7. The establishment of modern marketing complexes (kiosks) in commercial areas in Baghdad and the provinces distributed to those referred to in the previous paragraph during a period of three months at a total cost of (6000000000) sixty billion dinars provided that the owner of the kiosk pledges to employ two unemployed to ensure the provision of Less than (45000) forty five thousand job opportunities for citizens, taking into account the priority of those who have been removed stalls.
8. Preparing a program for training and qualifying the unemployed who have the ability to work and the number of (150,000) one hundred and fifty thousand young graduates and non-graduates with a financial grant during the training period of (3) three months of (175000) one hundred and seventy-five thousand dinars per month Persons, and a total amount of (78.5 billion) seventy-eight billion and a half billion dinars in order to qualify them, and run those who successfully pass the training courses in investment companies operating in Iraq.
9. Granting the successful persons in the above training courses appropriate loans to establish medium or small projects from the profit-making loan fund at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs or granting them loans through the Central Bank of Youth Lending initiative (trillion) dinars.
10. Include the unemployed participants of the training program above the Industrial Services Law by granting them a piece of land served to establish an industrial project with the enjoyment of all the privileges provided by the said law.
11. The Ministry of Defense will open the door for volunteering for young people (18-25) years through the portal or reception centers in the provinces as of 15/10/2019.
12. The ministries of defense and interior to take the basic procedures to repeal their contracts in all governorates.
13. The Ministry of Education shall take the necessary measures to contract the volunteer lecturers and include the required financial allocations in the 2020 budget according to the need and specialization.
14. The Ministry of Agriculture shall take the basic procedures to exempt farmers from the amounts of lease of agricultural lands resulting from their previous dues until 31/12/2019.
15. The governors, in coordination with the Social Welfare Departments of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, shall prepare lists of disadvantaged families due for the purpose of granting them the welfare salaries of (600,000) six hundred thousand families.
16. To consider the victims as demonstrators and security services as martyrs, to be covered by the laws in force, and to grant their families the rights and privileges arising therefrom.
17. The Ministry of Health shall provide treatment services to wounded demonstrators and security forces and provide full needs at government expense, including treatment outside Iraq, if requested.
She said “conscious” that the Council of Ministers directed the ministries and other stakeholders to implement the above decisions according to competence.
The Council also decided to discuss the second package of resolutions related to reforms and the demands of the demonstrators at the next session, and to continue taking the necessary decisions in the subsequent sessions.
The President of the Republic, Dr. Barham Saleh, received in Baghdad on Saturday 5/10/2019 the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, the Iranian Ambassador, the Turkish Ambassador and the British Ambassador separately.
During the meetings, they discussed bilateral relations and political developments in Iraq, and stressed the support and stability of Iraq in the face of challenges.
Angry protesters set fire to the offices of the factions of the Saraya al-Khorasani and the Badr Organization in the popular crowd close to Iran in the southern province of Dhi Qar, a military source said.
“Protesters set fire to the office of Badr Organization, which is led by Hadi al-Amiri, a leader of the Popular Mobilization in the southern province of Dhi Qar,” said Lieutenant Governor Asadi of the Rafidain Operations Command.
“Other demonstrators set fire to the office of Saraya al-Khorasani, one of the Popular Mobilization factions, which is close to Iran and led by Ali al-Yasiri in the city of Nasiriyah (the capital of Dhi Qar),” al-Asadi said.
He added that “security forces tried to prevent the demonstrators from storming those premises by shooting, which led to injuries without registering any deaths.”
He explained, “10 people were wounded varying in a demonstration on Saturday in Nasiriyah (Dhi Qar province), including 3 security men.”
For his part, a medical source in the health of the province of Dhi Qar, who asked not to be named, that “the death toll in the province amounted to 21 dead and 377 wounded since last Tuesday, and even this evening.”
Earlier in the day, protesters set fire to the headquarters of the Islamic Dawa parties (led by Nuri al-Maliki), the stream of wisdom (led by Ammar al-Hakim), the Communist Party (led by Raed Fahmi), as well as the office of the MP of the Dawa Party in the city of Nasiriyah Dhi Qar.
Iraq has been witnessing violent protests since Tuesday, which began from Baghdad to demand better public services, job creation and fighting corruption, before spreading to the southern provinces with a majority Shiite.
The demonstrators raised the ceiling of their demands and are now calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, after the security forces resorted to violence to contain the protests, causing more than 100 dead as well as thousands of wounded.
The death toll among the protesters on Saturday reached 14 dead, according to the agency (Associated Press).
Fourteen people were killed in Saturday’s protests in Iraq as of 5:30 GMT.
Protests intensified Saturday evening in Baghdad and the provinces of Dhi Qar and Diwaniya, security forces continued to fire live bullets at the protesters.
Baghdad and a number of other Shi’ite-dominated provinces are witnessing bloody demonstrations sparked on Tuesday. According to the latest toll, more than 100 demonstrators were shot dead by security forces.
These demonstrations are the most violent since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003 and so far, where thousands of protests took place in protests demanding the provision of services, improve the living conditions, provide jobs for the unemployed, and eliminate the phenomena of widespread unemployment in the society, and financial and administrative corruption rampant in state departments and institutions .
Sadr’s leader, Moqtada al-Sadr, called on Friday for the resignation of the government headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a right to Iraqi blood, and went ahead with early elections under the supervision of the United Nations.
The office of Iraq’s top cleric, Ali al-Sistani, called on the three authorities in Iraq to take steps leading to “real” reform, in a statement read out by his representative on the protests in Iraq.
The Secretary-General of the National Mass Party Ahmed al-Jubouri (Abu Mazen), Saturday, to dissolve the House of Representatives and the formation of a caretaker government within a year.
Jubouri said in an interview with Alsumaria News, “We call for the dissolution of the parliament and the holding of fair and fair elections and the formation of a caretaker government within a year,” without giving further details.
The popular demonstrations demanding to improve the reality of service and fight corruption and real reforms in the joints of the state, launched last Tuesday, as the government cut the Internet and block social networking sites after the intensification of demonstrations.