The Baghdad Post

Basra protests continues, demonstrators block main road before security forces

Citizens of Basra have continued their demonstrations against the corruption of the governmental authority in the governorate on Tuesday, while security forces threw teargas to disperse them.

Protesters cut on Tuesday Jubailah Street in mid-Basra, set tires on fire in a new escalation against the government.

Angry protesters in Basra broke in the local governorate building on Friday, while the anti-riot police tried to disperse them via firing tear gas bombs, which led to several injuries among protesters and journalists covering the protests.

Eyewitnesses have told The Baghdad Post that protesters had burned car tires in the streets leading to the building as they demanded the dismissal of the Basra governor and the provincial council.

Basra has witnessed violent protests in recent weeks over the new government’s stance toward this strategic city and the demands of its people.

Voices have been calling for new protests and sit-ins in Basra in light of what activists describe as neglect of the province by the Iraqi central and local governments.

President Barham Salih warned on Saturday against the escalation of Basra’s “alarming” protests, calling to reach legal solutions to meet the demands of people.

Last week, riot police arrived at the building to disperse the demonstrators in front of the building’s gate after protesters prevented members of the Council from leaving the building. Source