Friday’s Day of Rage in Iraq

Friday, billed as a ‘day of rage’ in Iraq, saw protests throughout the country despite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urging people to not participate in the protests for security reasons.

Baghdad: The center of the city was ‘virtually locked down’ on Friday. Demonstrators trying to get across a bridge going from the square to the Green Zone clashed with security forces.

Nineveh: Protesters stormed the local government buildings in Mosul, setting it on fire. Aknews reports five protesters killed by security forces, and 18 injured.

Qaddisiya: Ten-thousand protesters gathered outside the local government building in Diwaniyah , calling on the governor to come out and listen to their demands. No public representatives met the group.

Basra: Governor Sheltagh Abboud has resigned amid pressure from demonstrators over lack of sufficient basic services in the oil-rich province.

Anbar: Around 1,000 demonstrators clashed with police in Fallujah, and a councillor reported at least two dead in either Fallujah or Ramadi.

Iraq Business News will continue to keep a close watch on developments.

(Sources: AKnews, Bloomberg, Reuters)

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One Response to Friday’s Day of Rage in Iraq

  1. Elli Davis February 27, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    This whole Protest Wave thing is getting out of hand, even the countries which do not need overthrowing the regime are getting slapped across the face. The situation here is what I have in mind – sure, the system is not working properly, but hey, major changes take time…a lot of it. Nothing big has been achieved in a few months…think about it, protesters.

    Elli