Protests in Basra in southern Iraq has continued in front of the
building of the province's office. Protestors has demanded the removal of the
governor of Basra and the dissolution of the provincial council.
"We continue our peaceful demonstrations and demand the immediate removal of the governor, the dissolution of the provincial council and the formation of a temporary administration by independent judges," one of the protesters said, according to al-Alam TV.
Another protestor asserted that the administrative work in Basra has become all about political and partisan deals, adding that officials are working for some personal interests, while no one is working for people of the districts.
On Friday, riot police arrived at the headquarters for the provincial council to disperse the demonstrators in front of the building's gate who prevented the exit of members of the Council. The demonstrators protested against corruption and demanded jobs and better public services.
Basra protests erupted in July over poor government services but intensified in September before diminishing in recent months.
The Head of Irada Movement (Will), MP Hanan al-Fatlawi, called on Saturday Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, to quickly step in to control the recent escalations in Basra governorate, following the protests that erupted on Friday.