Dozens of people demonstrated in Basra
province on Wednesday to demand the release of a number of protesters who were
arrested on Tuesday during the dispersal of a demonstration.
Dozens participated for the second day in a row in a peaceful demonstration near the new office of the province in the al-Andalus district, a source said, noting that the demonstrators called for the release of a number of protesters who were arrested by security forces on Tuesday.
The source pointed out that some demonstrators raised Iraqi flags and chanted slogans calling for reform, adding that the security forces imposed strict measures against the demonstrators.
On Tuesday, the security forces dispersed a protest near the province's office, arrested a number of its participants and some journalists, then released the journalists after the demonstration ended, while many protesters were kept in detention.
Basra has witnessed large-scale protests that were launched on July 3, resulting in the death of dozens of protesters.