DFA tells Pinoys in Iraq to stay home, as violent protests spread


Posted at Oct 05 2019 08:39 PM

A demonstrator holds the Iraqi flag near burning objects at a protest during a curfew, three days after the nationwide anti-government protests turned violent, in Baghdad, October 4, 2019. Reuters/Alaa al-Marjani

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday advised Filipinos in Iraq to stay home amid violent protests, which have left scores dead.

The DFA warned Filipinos there to avoid demonstration areas.

Filipinos were also instructed to store food and water, and call the Philippine embassy in Baghdad should they need help.

Their relatives have been told to relay the DFA's advisory to them since communications in Iraq have been problematic.

At least 93 people have been killed and nearly 4,000 wounded, as protests spread to cities across southern Iraq, the parliamentary human rights commission said.

The largely spontaneous protests over chronic unemployment and poor public services that erupted in Baghdad on Tuesday have escalated into a broader movement demanding an end to official corruption and a change of government.

- Reports from Jeffrey Hernaez, ABS-CBN News and Agence France-Presse