Iraq: Chaos in Basra as unrest continues

The majority of Basra's main streets have been closed since early Monday with protesters burning tyres and setting traffic blockades around the city. Schools, government offices and official departments in a number of southern regions have also been closed as protesters declared a general and comprehensive strike for all government institutions and departments in Basra. Six people were reportedly... Еще killed and dozens wounded over the weekend in Iraq after security forces responded to the protests with live ammunition and tear gas. The death toll has reached 330 since the start of the demonstrations which began in October, in response to corruption, poor public services and a lack of jobs. One protester declared «civil disobedience to last for ten days,» and vowed that the protests will «continue until we bring down this corrupt government.»

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