Friday, March 04, 2011

Heavy security among Iraqi protesters

LAT: 'Declaring Prime Minister Nouri Maliki a liar and waving banners that said, "We need freedom" and "We love Baghdad," about 2,000 people gathered in the capital's Tahrir Square, where music played, pictures of west Baghdad slums were displayed and a mime performed.

But the route to the square was blocked with razor wire and dozens of extra checkpoints. In a sharp increase of an already heavy security presence, thousands of police officers and soldiers in armored vehicles lined the streets.

Hansa Hassan, 40, a teacher who went to the protests last week but did not go Friday because she was afraid of security forces, said she knew many would-be demonstrators who were turned back altogether.'

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