Iraqi security forces have detained on Sunday a number of protesters in the city of Basra.
The security forces also demolished tents where protesters were holding a sit-in in front of the government building in the city.
Protesters held demonstrations to demand enhanced services and job opportunities.
Iraqi authorities imposed a curfew in a number of cities.
This comes as sources said the situation in southern Iraq is getting out of control as angry protests are taking control of the provinces. Activists expressed concern the IRGC militia exploits the ongoing turmoil to spread terror and hamper oil transfers.