Iraq High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) announced on Wednesday that 97 people who were arrested during protests witnessed in Basra province have been released.
The commission’s head, Mahdy al-Tamimy said that eight people are still arrested, pointing out that security forces are torturing the arrested protesters.
A number of Iraqi cities and provinces, including Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, Babil, Diwaniyah, Wassit, Najaf, Muthanna and Karbala are witnessing mass demonstrations and sit-ins to protest against shortage of jobs, electricity, water and basic services.
Some demonstrators broke into and attacked several local government headquarters in these provinces during the current period.
On Monday, IHCHR announced that 14 people were killed during the protests and 742 were wounded, including 470 protesters and 275 security personnel.
Activists expressed concern the IRGC militia exploits the ongoing turmoil to spread terror and hamper oil transfers.