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Iraq's young protesters vow to never give up

Mohammad Said Yasseen: "We are only carrying flags, we don't have anything else in our hands. But they keep hitting us, we've had at least seven martyrs here ... I want my rights, we are being oppressed. We have nothing: no schools, no decent hospitals, no riches for the people. They only know how to steal - and they steal from us, leaving us with nothing. We are only asking for education and health. We have to get rid of the corrupt ones. Without that, there's no solution. We want a civil state - we don't want corrupt parties and corrupt politicians. I want these youths to govern us. If we don't execute these corrupt officials, then we won't succeed." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Mohammad Said Yasseen: "We are only carrying flags, we don't have anything else in our hands. But they keep hitting us, we've had at least seven martyrs here ... I want my rights, we are being oppressed. We have nothing: no schools, no decent...more

Mohammad Said Yasseen: "We are only carrying flags, we don't have anything else in our hands. But they keep hitting us, we've had at least seven martyrs here ... I want my rights, we are being oppressed. We have nothing: no schools, no decent hospitals, no riches for the people. They only know how to steal - and they steal from us, leaving us with nothing. We are only asking for education and health. We have to get rid of the corrupt ones. Without that, there's no solution. We want a civil state - we don't want corrupt parties and corrupt politicians. I want these youths to govern us. If we don't execute these corrupt officials, then we won't succeed." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Hossam, an Iraqi demonstrator, poses for a photograph during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq, November 5, 2019. "I'm out here to demand everybody's rights. The muhasasa (sectarian power sharing system) has destroyed us, the parties have destroyed us ... I want to feel like they do in other countries - why have those countries, which were founded after Iraq - why have they succeeded and we haven't? We're an oil-rich country. We're a country of oil and riches." he said. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hossam, an Iraqi demonstrator, poses for a photograph during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq, November 5, 2019. "I'm out here to demand everybody's rights. The muhasasa (sectarian power sharing system) has destroyed us, the parties...more

Hossam, an Iraqi demonstrator, poses for a photograph during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq, November 5, 2019. "I'm out here to demand everybody's rights. The muhasasa (sectarian power sharing system) has destroyed us, the parties have destroyed us ... I want to feel like they do in other countries - why have those countries, which were founded after Iraq - why have they succeeded and we haven't? We're an oil-rich country. We're a country of oil and riches." he said. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Abeer, a medical volunteer. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Abeer, a medical volunteer. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Abeer, a medical volunteer. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Yasir 'Idan: "I want a nation, I want my rights. I don't have anything: not even a salary. Didn't they say they were going to give us salaries after the previous wave of protests? Well, nothing happened, they're all liars. We are not leaving -- from Nasiriya to Amara to Tahrir -- we are not leaving until there is a change in government. We want a change in government. No (Prime Minister) Adel Abdul Mahdi, no (Speaker of Parliament Mohammad) al-Halboosi." he said. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Yasir 'Idan: "I want a nation, I want my rights. I don't have anything: not even a salary. Didn't they say they were going to give us salaries after the previous wave of protests? Well, nothing happened, they're all liars. We are not leaving -- from...more

Yasir 'Idan: "I want a nation, I want my rights. I don't have anything: not even a salary. Didn't they say they were going to give us salaries after the previous wave of protests? Well, nothing happened, they're all liars. We are not leaving -- from Nasiriya to Amara to Tahrir -- we are not leaving until there is a change in government. We want a change in government. No (Prime Minister) Adel Abdul Mahdi, no (Speaker of Parliament Mohammad) al-Halboosi." he said. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Hamza: "I'm here protesting against corruption and to demand a nation. These politicians haven't given the people any solutions. God willing, our demands will be met if we continue our protest." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamza: "I'm here protesting against corruption and to demand a nation. These politicians haven't given the people any solutions. God willing, our demands will be met if we continue our protest." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamza: "I'm here protesting against corruption and to demand a nation. These politicians haven't given the people any solutions. God willing, our demands will be met if we continue our protest." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Salwa Hussein: "I am here protesting against the government. We don't want this failed, corrupt government of Alibaba thieves who are beholden to Iran. We do not want them, we don't want them at all. By god's will and god's strength, we will get there by staying out here. Even if only the women stay here, we will get there." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Salwa Hussein: "I am here protesting against the government. We don't want this failed, corrupt government of Alibaba thieves who are beholden to Iran. We do not want them, we don't want them at all. By god's will and god's strength, we will get...more

Salwa Hussein: "I am here protesting against the government. We don't want this failed, corrupt government of Alibaba thieves who are beholden to Iran. We do not want them, we don't want them at all. By god's will and god's strength, we will get there by staying out here. Even if only the women stay here, we will get there." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Haider Khalaf Mahmoud: "I am here to make the government fall, so I can get my rights. Get rights for the people who were wounded, for those who died, for the country that they keep stealing from. Let them all leave. The only way is for the government to fall, that's how we get our demands. We will stay here, we're not leaving until we get our rights." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Haider Khalaf Mahmoud: "I am here to make the government fall, so I can get my rights. Get rights for the people who were wounded, for those who died, for the country that they keep stealing from. Let them all leave. The only way is for the...more

Haider Khalaf Mahmoud: "I am here to make the government fall, so I can get my rights. Get rights for the people who were wounded, for those who died, for the country that they keep stealing from. Let them all leave. The only way is for the government to fall, that's how we get our demands. We will stay here, we're not leaving until we get our rights." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Allawi, a tuk-tuk driver: "We are only demanding that we get rid of these corrupt officials, this government. They steal from us and we the people are all are poor ... We're not going away -- if this lasts a year, we'll stay." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Allawi, a tuk-tuk driver: "We are only demanding that we get rid of these corrupt officials, this government. They steal from us and we the people are all are poor ... We're not going away -- if this lasts a year, we'll stay." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Allawi, a tuk-tuk driver: "We are only demanding that we get rid of these corrupt officials, this government. They steal from us and we the people are all are poor ... We're not going away -- if this lasts a year, we'll stay." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Hussein Karim Hashem: "I'm here to change this ruling class -- all of it. (Prime Minister) Adel Abdul Mahdi, (Speaker of Parliament Mohammad) al-Halboosi and the others. They're all corrupt. I want to get my rights, get my money, get my salary. I'm a university graduate and I don't have a job. We want to get rid of all of these leaders." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hussein Karim Hashem: "I'm here to change this ruling class -- all of it. (Prime Minister) Adel Abdul Mahdi, (Speaker of Parliament Mohammad) al-Halboosi and the others. They're all corrupt. I want to get my rights, get my money, get my salary. I'm a...more

Hussein Karim Hashem: "I'm here to change this ruling class -- all of it. (Prime Minister) Adel Abdul Mahdi, (Speaker of Parliament Mohammad) al-Halboosi and the others. They're all corrupt. I want to get my rights, get my money, get my salary. I'm a university graduate and I don't have a job. We want to get rid of all of these leaders." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Mohammad: "We want our rights. We want the government to fall. I want rights for my brother who was killed here, on the bridge. I want rights for my friend who was killed here on the bridge. They're killing us and we're only here protesting peacefully, and they're shooting us with live ammunition." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Mohammad: "We want our rights. We want the government to fall. I want rights for my brother who was killed here, on the bridge. I want rights for my friend who was killed here on the bridge. They're killing us and we're only here protesting...more

Mohammad: "We want our rights. We want the government to fall. I want rights for my brother who was killed here, on the bridge. I want rights for my friend who was killed here on the bridge. They're killing us and we're only here protesting peacefully, and they're shooting us with live ammunition." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Ahmed: "I came to protest -- I'm born in 1992. I studied and I graduated top of my class from school, but no universities will accept me. And even if you graduate from university, there are no jobs. My friend Hussein, he graduated with a degree in English translation and he can't get a job. Even if you want to work as a day laborer, you need a powerful connection now ... The government is completely corrupt. It's been 16 years and we haven't benefited from them in anything: no jobs, no services -- we don't even have sewage, it's the most basic thing. We don't have even drinking water." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Ahmed: "I came to protest -- I'm born in 1992. I studied and I graduated top of my class from school, but no universities will accept me. And even if you graduate from university, there are no jobs. My friend Hussein, he graduated with a degree in...more

Ahmed: "I came to protest -- I'm born in 1992. I studied and I graduated top of my class from school, but no universities will accept me. And even if you graduate from university, there are no jobs. My friend Hussein, he graduated with a degree in English translation and he can't get a job. Even if you want to work as a day laborer, you need a powerful connection now ... The government is completely corrupt. It's been 16 years and we haven't benefited from them in anything: no jobs, no services -- we don't even have sewage, it's the most basic thing. We don't have even drinking water." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Abadar: "I want my rights, jobs, salary ... Really we want jobs. God willing. If we stay out here we'll get our rights." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Abadar: "I want my rights, jobs, salary ... Really we want jobs. God willing. If we stay out here we'll get our rights." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Abadar: "I want my rights, jobs, salary ... Really we want jobs. God willing. If we stay out here we'll get our rights." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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An Iraqi demonstrator holds an Iraqi flag. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

An Iraqi demonstrator holds an Iraqi flag. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

An Iraqi demonstrator holds an Iraqi flag. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Mohammed: "I'm here protesting against the government. ... More than 250 people have died and there are many more wounded. They're all thugs, gangs who kidnap, kill. We don't want this government. We don't want any of them: we don't want Iran to interfere at all and we don't want America. We don't want any interference - we just want to do it ourselves ... We're going to close down the Green Zone, and make it fall." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Mohammed: "I'm here protesting against the government. ... More than 250 people have died and there are many more wounded. They're all thugs, gangs who kidnap, kill. We don't want this government. We don't want any of them: we don't want Iran to...more

Mohammed: "I'm here protesting against the government. ... More than 250 people have died and there are many more wounded. They're all thugs, gangs who kidnap, kill. We don't want this government. We don't want any of them: we don't want Iran to interfere at all and we don't want America. We don't want any interference - we just want to do it ourselves ... We're going to close down the Green Zone, and make it fall." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Mortada: "I want my rights. We want everything ... We will get there inshallah. By protesting. By asking for the nation." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Mortada: "I want my rights. We want everything ... We will get there inshallah. By protesting. By asking for the nation." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Mortada: "I want my rights. We want everything ... We will get there inshallah. By protesting. By asking for the nation." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Hamza: "We have to stop the oppression of the Iraqi people." he said. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamza: "We have to stop the oppression of the Iraqi people." he said. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamza: "We have to stop the oppression of the Iraqi people." he said. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Hussein: "We are here peacefully protesting for human rights. We young people are tired, things aren't great: we have no jobs, we have no salaries ... We are not leaving -- even if this lasts 40 years. We won't leave until we get our victory." he said. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hussein: "We are here peacefully protesting for human rights. We young people are tired, things aren't great: we have no jobs, we have no salaries ... We are not leaving -- even if this lasts 40 years. We won't leave until we get our victory." he...more

Hussein: "We are here peacefully protesting for human rights. We young people are tired, things aren't great: we have no jobs, we have no salaries ... We are not leaving -- even if this lasts 40 years. We won't leave until we get our victory." he said. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Rand Mohammad, a medical volunteer: "We are here to help our brothers in the square and to get our rights: we have no jobs, no water, no electricity, high unemployment, people are dying of hunger ... We have to stay here to achieve what we want. Peacefully. Even if it takes a long time." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Rand Mohammad, a medical volunteer: "We are here to help our brothers in the square and to get our rights: we have no jobs, no water, no electricity, high unemployment, people are dying of hunger ... We have to stay here to achieve what we want....more

Rand Mohammad, a medical volunteer: "We are here to help our brothers in the square and to get our rights: we have no jobs, no water, no electricity, high unemployment, people are dying of hunger ... We have to stay here to achieve what we want. Peacefully. Even if it takes a long time." REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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