Iraqi activists have condemned violence practiced by the Iraqi government against protesters in the southern province of Basra, warning this may escalate the situation.
The activists warned that protesters may use weapons against the security forces that "didn't respect their peaceful demonstrations".
This warning comes after a call by angry protesters for UN intervention to save the governorate from deteriorating situation.
The protests erupted Thursday against the deterioration of services.
On Saturday, Iraqi police brutally dispersed a sit-in in Basra using tear gas and live ammunition, eyewitnesses confirmed to the Baghdad Post.
On Friday, angry demonstrators stormed the Basra Governorate building.
Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse protesters. A number of demonstrators including children have been suffocated.