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Basra protests against corruption carry on for eighth month

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Dozens of protestors gathered in Basra's Maqal district, to reiterate their demands including calling for job opportunities in public-sector institutions and improvement of public services, a source told The Baghdad Post.

The demonstrators also called for reforms including holding corrupt officials accountable, the source added.

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.

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.
Last Modified: Friday، 01 February 2019 09:41 PM