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DFA to Pinoys in Iraq: Stay indoors to avoid violent protests

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 12:46 AM October 06, 2019
Anti-government protesters take over an armored vehicle before they burn it during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. Iraqi security forces fired live bullets into the air and used tear gas against a few hundred protesters in central Baghdad on Thursday, hours after a curfew was announced in the Iraqi capital on the heels of two days of deadly violence that gripped the country amid anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Anti-government protesters take over an armored vehicle before they burn it during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. Iraqi security forces fired live bullets into the air and used tear gas against a few hundred protesters in central Baghdad on Thursday, hours after a curfew was announced in the Iraqi capital on the heels of two days of deadly violence that gripped the country amid anti-government protests. (Photo by Hadi Mizban / AP)

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs on Saturday cautioned Filipinos in Iraq, especially those in Baghdad, to stay indoors and avoid traveling, especially to places where demonstrations are taking place.

The protests began Tuesday as young demonstrators flocked to the streets to demand jobs, improved electricity and water services, and an end to corruption.

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Fifty-nine people have been killed in clashes with security forces during the protests.

Just last Friday, 17 rallyists died and at least 12 protesters were injured in Baghdad.

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In a statement, the DFA advised Filipinos in Iraq to store enough food and water at home.

They may also request assistance from the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad, the Office of the Secretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs or nearest DFA offices in case of emergencies.

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