Muqtada al-Sadr called on the Iraqi parliament to hold an emergency
session to discuss the situation in Basra.
“I can no longer stand by and watch as my patience has run out… in the face of what is happening in Basra – injustice, violations against protestors, and even killing them wrongfully, and poor services,” said Sadr in a televised speech on Thursday.
Calling for an emergency parliament session, Sadr said the prime minister, local officials, and service ministers should attend “to present radical, immediate, and future solutions” or leave their positions “instantly.”
He condemned assaults on government buildings and infrastructure after protesters set the provincial council building on fire and forced the closure of Umm Qasr seaport.
He called for the end of “unofficial intervention” in Basra, pointing to the Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitaries, and recommended making agreements with neighbouring countries on services, especially water.
He threatened to “shake the thrones of the corrupt,” if such plans to improve the situation are not implemented and called for solidarity protests across Iraq.