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Iraqi police fires tear gas at anti-corruption protest in Basra

3 September 2018

Police used tear gas to disperse around 3,000 protesters on Sunday. They gathered  outside the provincial government headquarters in the southern oil hub of Basra. Protests have swept cities in the long neglected south over widespread electricity outages during the blistering hot Iraqi summer, a lack of jobs and proper government services, and entrenched graft.

Some protesters also set fire to tyres and there were minor clashes with riot police. No serious injuries were reported.