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Iraq protesters, politicians dig in for third week

Anti-government protesters from across Baghdad flooded Iraq s capital on Friday despite fresh bloodshed, as leaders appeared to have closed rank around embattled Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi. Recent deaths in Baghdad and Iraq s south have pushed the toll since demonstrations erupted on October 1 close to 300, according to a tally compiled by AFP. Officials have stopped providing updated figures. Abdel Mahdi s position means more to him than the blood of Iraqis, charged a tribal dignitary protesting in the capital on Friday. As evening fell, clashes between security forces and protesters resumed in Baghdad after six people died there the previous day, as demonstrators -- who upped their efforts in the last week of October after a lull -- continued to come out in force. Armed units fired canisters that emanated bright purple tear gas at clusters of young protesters along Rasheed Street, one of the city s oldest and most celebrated avenues. The steady pops of stun grenades echoed ...

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