Protests revive in Basra Friday

Protests revive in Basra Friday

2019/01/26 | 00:55 - Source: Baghdad Post

(ThisDay | Iraq News Now)- Dozens of Basra

residents and activists renewed the province's weekly protest in front of the

local government building calling on officials to provide services and create

job opportunities at the war-devastated city.The demands of the demonstrators include obliging security forces to comply

with international laws and human rights principles, which stipulate dealing violently

with the peaceful protests, activist Ali Nasser said.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 Abd al-Mahdi made a tour to inspect

accomplishment in several service projects, as he arrived in Basra.Abd al-Mahdi listened to detailed explanation about the projects that

will offer services to those regions.

He also instructed doubling the effort to

accomplish the projects soon.

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