Baghdad. Internet service was suspended in Iraqi capital of Baghdad and several provinces on Tuesday as anti-government protests and rallies grew more violent. More than 150 people were injured and three more killed during demonstrations in Baghdad, the Iraqi Independent High Commission for Human Rights said on Monday.
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Taking to Twitter, NetBlocks Internet Observatory said, "Alert: Internet shut down across most of #Iraq as of 00:00 5 November with loss of life reported as protests intensify; national connectivity down to 19% of ordinary levels; incident ongoing #iraq_protests." Internet was shut down across the cities of Baghdad, Basra, Karbala and other population centers besides the Kurdish northern regions, it added.
It said that this most recent disruption was "the most severe telecommunication restriction to have been imposed by Iraq's government since protests began." The nationwide protests, which started in early October, have been demanding the government's dismissal, as well as economic reforms, better living conditions, social welfare and an end to corruption.