- Riot after Iraqi job seekers are turned away
From Harris Whitbeck
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Violence broke out in parts of
the Iraqi capital Wednesday morning, after a group of
men attempting to apply for jobs at a Baghdad police
station were turned away.
Gunshots rang out, apparently fired from inside the
police station as a warning for the crowd to disperse.
At least two police vehicles were set on fire, and
protesters threw stones at the building, witnesses
told CNN's Harris Whitbeck.
So far, there have been no reports of casualties.
Several of the estimated 300 job seekers said they
arrived at the police precinct to fill out job
applications, but were asked for bribes and turned
"We want to get in there but the only way you get into
this force is if you pay extra bribe, extra money,"
said a former officer in the Iraqi army, who said he
has been without a job since March. "Normal people who
do not have money could not get admitted into this
fighting force ... the security force."
"I've been coming here for four months," he said.
"We've had so many promises and nothing [violent]
happened until now."
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