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Furious With Iranian Government, Rioters Torch Embassy *VIDEO* #Iran #riot

Rioters have stormed and set fire to the Iranian consulate in the Iraqi oil-hub city of Basra.

The city has been engulfed in protests over poor public services and corruption since the start of the week.

Violent protests in Basra have been ongoing since Monday. The rioters are angry over shortages of potable water, electricity and jobs. They have been attacking government buildings, as well as the headquarters of political parties with links to Iran.

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At least 10 rioters have died since Monday in clashes with security forces. They are accusing corrupt political parties of allowing the city’s infrastructure to crumble, as well as blaming Iran for interfering with Iraqi politics, Gulf News reports.

Before setting fire to the consulate, rioters spent hours shouting anti-Iranian slogans in front of it.

At least one protester’s message, viewed over 24,000 time on Facebook, accuses Iran of directly cutting off the water supply to Basra, which is located around 30km from the Iranian border.

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Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and key ministers are to attend the parliament session, which was demanded by populist cleric Moqtada Sadr, whose political bloc won the largest number of seats in May elections although a new government has yet to be formed.

The rare assault by unidentified attackers on the Green Zone, which houses parliament, government offices and the US embassy, caused no casualties or damage, Baghdad’s security chief said.

In Basra, the epicentre of protests that have rocked Iraq since July, demonstrators on Thursday set fire to the local government headquarters and both political party and militia offices.

The fire spread across Basra’s massive government complex, with witnesses saying it tore through offices housing state TV channel Iraqiya.

The nearby governor’s residence was also set ablaze, journalists reported.

‘Government doesn’t care’

At least 24 people have been killed in the demonstrations since they erupted in Basra on July 8.

Human rights activists have accused the security forces of opening fire on the demonstrators, while the government has blamed provocateurs in the crowds and say troops have been ordered not to use live rounds.

“The people protest and the government doesn’t care, treats them as vandals,” said Ali Saad, a 25-year-old at the rally on Thursday attended by thousands of demonstrators.

“Nobody (here) is a vandal. The people are fed up, so yes they throw stones and burn tyres because nobody cares.”

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James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 7th, 2018

 

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