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Iraqi protesters torch government building in Basra

6 September 2018

Protesters set fire to the main government building in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Wednesday amid growing unrest over poor basic services. Demonstrators also blocked the road from the oil hub of Basra to Baghdad to express anger over electricity outages, unemployment and entrenched corruption in the long-neglected south, Iraq's Shi'ite heartland.

On Wednesday frustrations were once again focused on the provincial governorate building throwing stones and trying to break down concrete barriers. Public anger has grown at a time when politicians are struggling to form a new government after an inconclusive parliamentary election in May.