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Protests in Iraq: Families angered by altered death certificates

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS
MIDDLE EAST MATTERS FRANCE 24
By: Julia KIM | Camille FEVRIER | Patrick LOVETT | Sonia BARITELLO
13 min

Since deadly anti-government demonstrations broke out in Iraq in October, over 400 people - mostly young, unarmed protesters - have been killed by Iraqi forces. But officials say that only 111 people have died. Meanwhile, the families of protesters killed in the unrest are accusing the government of falsifying their death certificates. They say that officials changed the cause of death of their loved ones and are contesting the documents. Our correspondent in Baghdad, Ibrahim Saleh, went to meet with some of these families. 

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