An Iraqi protester was killed and more than 30 people were injured, most of them protesters, in clashes between them and the security forces in Nasiriyah, Iraq.
The news came in statements by the Deputy Governor of Dhi Qar, Hazem Al-Saeedi, reported by Rudaw Network.
The demonstrators are calling for the “dismissal of the governor of Dhi Qar and all officials in the governorate’s administration, and accountability for the killers of the demonstrators and the corrupt,” according to Al-Saeedi.
On the visit of the Iraqi Interior Minister to the city of Nasiriyah The deputy governor of Dhi Qar said that the Minister of Interior, Othman Al-Ghanimi, and the National Security Adviser, Qassem Al-Araji, met with tribal leaders and representatives of the demonstrators in the city, “However, we do not have accurate information yet about what happened in the meeting, because the governorate officials did not attend the meeting.”
Dhi Qar Governorate is an active hotspot for popular protests, and it is home to more than two million people, and many of its residents have been protesting for years against mismanagement, basic public services and lack of job opportunities.
Iraq has been witnessing continuous protests since October 2019, due to the poor economic conditions and the continuing financial and political corruption, while Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi pledged to fight corruption The improvement of economic conditions.
It is noteworthy that Dhi Qar is one of the most prominent governorates that witnessed continuous protests for more than a year, and in Al-Haboubi Square, hundreds of people were killed and wounded by bullets and smoke bombs during the last period.
Despite government promises to prosecute those involved in these assassinations and killings, which affected dozens of activists since the start of the movement in October 2019, or what is known as the “October Revolution”, no one has yet been arrested.
On December 25, thousands demonstrated in Nasiriyah, to denounce the “failure of the government to implement its promises of reform,” and to show their determination to continue the protest and refuse to remove their tents from Al-Haboubi Square.