Activists from Anbar say could stage protests like southern provinces

Iraqi security forces stand guard inside the west Qurna 2 oilfield, during a protest in north Basra, Iraq July 14, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

Anbar ( Activists from Anbar province have declared intentions to stage protests, similar to ones staged in the southern provinces, Russia Today reported on Wednesday.

Speaking to RT, the activists said protests could be staged next week, however, they indicated difficulties with this as Iraqi troops, along with the paramilitaries, were rallied.

The demands, according to the activists, will be related to services and the deteriorated situation of the Iraqi institutions, in addition to other demands related to the return of refugees, release of detainees and declaring whereabouts of people from the province, who forcibly disappeared.

On Tuesday, the Iraqi cabinet said it adopted several measures to enhance services and secure jobs for angry Iraqis who launched a week of protests over poor services and joblessness. The Joint Operations Command said over 200 security personnel were wounded during protests that have been staged in the southern provinces.

Mass protests were staged for almost a week, while hundreds of Iraqis stormed the airport, suspending the fights due to poor services offered by the government and corruption.

The demonstrations started in Basra province, but they later extended to other cities, including Amara, Nasiriya, Karbala and the Shiite holy city of Najaf. There were also protests in parts of the capital, Baghdad.

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