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Iraqi protesters burn tires and block the road at the entrance to the city of Basra, Iraq July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani - RC133A0366A0

Activists: Iraqi Police Arresting Protesters in the South

Iraqi security forces in the southern oil-rich province of Basra have started arresting protesters who took part in the week-long demonstrations there to demand more jobs and better services, activists said Monday.

Protests in the city of Basra, the provincial capital and Iraq‘s second-largest city, are not unusual in scorching summer weather but they boiled over last Tuesday, when security forces opened fire, killing one person and wounding five.

Within days the rallies spread to other provinces. In some places, protesters broke into local government buildings and burned the offices of some political parties.

 

 

Read the full article by Sinan Salaheddin from Associated Press on abc news, July 16, 2018

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