Iraqi Demonstrators Set Parliament Building Afire in City of Basra, Reports Say

© REUTERS / ESSAM AL-SUDANIMourners carry the coffin of Reham Yacoub, a female activist who was killed by unidentified gunmen, during her funeral in Basra, Iraq August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani
Mourners carry the coffin of Reham Yacoub, a female activist who was killed by unidentified gunmen, during her funeral in Basra, Iraq August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani - Sputnik International
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On Friday, the country's security forces resorted to firing live rounds in the air to disperse protesters who were demanding that a local governor be sacked following a string of killings in the region over the past week.

Reuters reported on Friday, citing witnesses, that Iraqi protesters have set fire to a parliament building in the southern city of Basra, where demonstrations against the regional governor have taken place.

The demonstartors burned the outer gate of the entrance of the parliament facility, which hosts local offices of country's main parliament building in Baghdad.

The security personnel fired live rounds in the air in order to disperse the demonstrators who were hurling the petrol bombs at the law encorcement officers.

The protesters gathered to demand the Basra governor’s dismissal following the killing of Reham Yacoub, an activist who led women's marches. She died on Wednesday after unknown gunmen fired at her car. Another three people who were also in the vehicle sustained injuries.

Protesters raise an Iraqi flag over the Basra Government building during a demonstration demanding better public services and jobs in Basra, 340 miles (550 km) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 - Sputnik International
Several Protesters Wounded in Clashes With Police in Iraqi City of Basra - Reports

Prior to the assassination, another activist, Tahseen Osama, was killed by a gunman in a similar incident, prompting people to take part in the anti-government rallies in Basra.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi fired Basra's chief of police to appease the demonstrators. However, that did not help to end the protests, as demonstrators accused the government of a lack of action.

 

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