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)