Iraqi men demonstrate in the southern oil-rich city of Basra, the heart of recent protests against power shortages, graft and other social ills, on August 10, 2018 Iraq has been gripped by protests over power outages, unemployment, state mismanagement and a lack of clean water. Photo: Haidar Mohammed Ali | AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iraqis across the southern Shiite
provinces continue protesting for more than two months, demanding services,
jobs and an end for corruption. Security forces blocked the roads to Iraq’s
famous Tahrir square on Friday to deter protestors.
Rudaw’s Mustafa Goran covered the protests in Baghdad’s
Tahrir square. Tens were in the square in a bid to protest the conditions in
“The security forces started, today afternoon, cutting some
roads leading to the Tahrir Square at the center of the capital Baghdad, as a
precaution for new protests in the square,” a source told Baghdad today.
The source claimed that the security forces had intensified
their measures around the square in a bid to deter protestors. The hurdles set
up by the security forces included fences and iron barriers leading to the
“Protests in the Tahrir Square at the center of capital
Baghdad started retreating from the square,” a security source told Baghdad
Baghdad’s protests were accompanied by protests in southern Diwanya
and oil-rich Basra provinces, where the flames of the protests ignited.
Abadi has promised jobs, improved services, and the
completion of stalled projects in a bid to appease the protestors.
The issues run much deeper with provinces claiming they are
not receiving their requisite share of the petroleum revenues, and foreign
labor is being preferred to domestic.
Iraq is yet to form a new government after the release of
official results of the manual recount of the ballots cast in the parliamentary
election on May 12. Analysts do not predict a new government being formed
before the end of the year.
Protests began on July 9.