Iraqi protesters tried to set fire to the parliament building in the city of Basra in the south of the country, according to witnesses from the data protection authority.
They reported that the country’s security forces managed to disperse the demonstrators and put out the fire. According to Iraqi security forces, the officials acted cautiously “although some demonstrators used Molotov cocktails and threw stones at the police”.
The Basra police issued a statement calling on the peaceful demonstrators to cooperate in the protests and prevent acts of violence. In addition, the Emirati chain Al Hadath has reported that protests have intensified after the murder of two activists in the city this week.
Iraq is in a serious political and social crisis due to the protests that began in 2019 and led to the resignation of then Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in late November. After several candidates were rejected, Mostafá al Kazemi finally received parliamentary approval in May.
Various Iraqi civil society NGOs and organizations have denounced the deaths of hundreds of people during the protests, mainly due to the actions of the security forces and various pro-government militias.