Thousands of Iraqis defied curfew by demonstrating in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square today for a sixth day of anti-government protests.

The crowd consisted mostly of young men, many draped in Iraqi flags.

Surrounding streets brimmed with cars, taxis, motorcycles and Tuk-Tuks as more people made their way in.

The latest protest in Baghdad took place after a night of violence on Monday in the holy city of Kerbala, where, according to medical and security sources, Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters and killed at least 18 people.