have been escalated in Basra on Friday, a local source said, adding that
protestors called for forming a National Salvation government.
Dozens of protestors rallied in front of the local government building in Basra, reiterating their main demands including providing services and securing job opportunities in the city, a source reported.
The protesters expressed anger by setting fire in the street before the security forces fired tear gas to disperse them.
Iraq’s second city largest has been rocked by demonstrations in which government offices, including the main provincial council building, have been ransacked and set alight by protesters angry about corruption.
Unrest first erupted in July over poor government services but intensified in September before dwindling in recent months.
Residents in Basra say they
have been driven onto the streets by corruption and misrule that have allowed
infrastructure to collapse, leaving no power or safe drinking water.
In late December, Iraqi security forces used live bullets and teargas to disperse protesters who were trying to storm the local government building in the province.