BAGDAD, 3 Nov. (DPA / EP) –
Most of Iraq's schools remain closed on Sunday in response to the call for a five-day strike adopted by the Independent Teachers' Union against the warnings of the Iraqi government.
Students have joined the sit-ins that still continue in the capital, Baghdad, since the beginning of last month, and the marches against precariousness, unemployment and institutional corruption.
As the hours have passed, the Iraqi Police have managed to clear a large part of the country's highways, which have remained closed throughout the morning, without any record of incidents.
This relief comes after the clashes on Saturday, concentrated in the capital, Baghdad and the port of Umm Kasar (in Basra, in the south of the country) that have left at least one dead and 211 injured.
Particularly serious has been the situation in the port, now released from the blockade to which the protesters were subjected yesterday after a police action with tear gas and beating of the baton to disperse the thousand congregates.
More than 250 people died in the month of October by the launch of tear gas canisters and rubber bullets against the protesters. These projectiles have caused death in cases of head or chest impact.