Basra provincial council member Najla Jabbar al-Tamimi
called for immediate arrest to all security forces personnel who opened fire to disperse
dozens of protesters near the northern oil hub of Basra on Sunday.
She added, in a press conference, that these protests were staged against the lack of jobs, electricity, water and other basic services.
Al-Tamimi also called for the dismissal of those security personnel from their hobs due to shooting unarmed Iraqi civilians.
Tamimi stressed on the importance of identifying the murderers, and reaching the truth behind this criminal act.
She also called for fair retribution against the personnel involved in the incident, pointing out to the importance of offering all medical services to the wounded citizens and paying compensations for them.
Al-Tamimi called on the Iraqi authorities meet the demands of those protesters without any delay, noting that the right to protest and express opinion is guaranteed by the constitution for being a proper democratic process as long as it is practiced in a peaceful manner and not disturbing public order.
Security forces guarding oilfields in Talha district in Basra opened fire on Sunday at a group of protesters, who gathered on the road leading to West Qurna Field, demanding job opportunities and improving the quality of petroleum and security services.
Mohsen al-Bahly, a spokesman for the protest, accused the Iraqi police of randomly opening fire at the demonstrators, leaving a 25-year-old young man dead and three others wounded.