An Iraqi court released on Thursday six
Basra protesters who were arrested earlier in January over wrangling with a
number of oil police personnel, the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) in
Basra announced on Thursday.
The six protesters were detained pending investigations.
Iraq’s second largest city 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.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi made a tour to inspect accomplishments in several service projects as he arrived in Basra.
Abdul Mahdi listened to detailed explanations about the projects that will offer services to those regions. He also instructed doubling the effort to accomplish the projects soon.