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Demonstrations have been erupting in Iraq despite eight years of democracy

25 April 2011 Last updated at 13:08 BST

With protest movements erupting all around the Arab world demanding democracy and freedom from ruling dictatorships, you might think that Iraq, which has supposedly been enjoying democracy for the past eight years, would be immune to the mood sweeping the region.

But since February there have been demonstrations in many Iraqi cities, at least a dozen people have been killed, and the protests continue.

Jim Muir reports.