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Iraqi forces surround schools to prevent students from joining protests

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Iraqi security forces surrounded educational institutions across Baghdad on Thursday to prevent students from taking part in anti-government protests as two more people were killed in overnight clashes in the capital.

Thousands of Iraqis in Baghdad and across the south have been out protesting since October 1 against corruption and poor public services.

Students in Baghdad and across southern cities have been skipping classes to take part in the protests, despite the government ordering schools and universities to operate normally.

Local reports suggest that Iraqi intelligence services have forced the schools to provide them with a record of attendance for teachers and students to see who has been absent from class.

More than 330 people have been killed as security forces responded to the mostly peaceful demonstrations by firing live ammunition, rubber bullets and military-grade tear gas canisters at protesters.

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