Protests continued on Wednesday near the local government building in Basra, demanding better services and more job opportunities, a local source said.
“Citizens from Basra demonstrated this morning near the local government building to voice their demands of better services and more jobs for the unemployed,” the source told The Baghdad Post.
The protesters, according to the source, “expressed their anger that neither the local or the central government fulfilled their promises regarding the crisis in Basra. They threatened escalation to force officials to meet their demands.”
Demonstrations have been staged in the oil-rich Basra over the past few months due to poor public services and corruption.
According to some Iraqis officials, Iran pumped contaminated water towards Iraqi territories, which triggered angry Iraqi protesters to set the Iranian consulate in Basra on fire. As the situation developed, security forces interfered leaving many protests killed and injured, while some were arrested.