Iraqi Yellow Vests - Act 2: Anger Over Corruption Spills Out Onto Basra Streets

December 17, 2018

Clashes between protesters and police erupted in oil-rich Basra on Saturday, following days of unrest over government corruption and poor living conditions. The march targeted the homes of prominent local officials, including head of Basra Provincial Council Waleed Kitan.

 

Protesters erected barricades and started fires, as riot police reportedly deployed tear gas in an effort to disperse the crowd. Some demonstrators wore yellows vests, inspired by and in solidarity with the parallel movement in France.

 

The unrest in Iraq's second city has been ongoing since July amid economic hardship, high unemployment rates and poor municipal services.

 

 

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