[December 10 2019 rioting against corruption and poor public services ]
Ryan Crocker, former ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, “You just cannot put those amounts of money into a very fragile state and society, and not have it fuel corruption.” He added that the same thing happened in Iraq, where corruption is “pandemic and deeply rooted” and where “it’s hard to see how a better political order can ever be established.”
Shi’ite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani met Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the U.N. mission chief in Iraq. “(Sistani) also expressed (his) concern that the political forces are not serious enough to conduct these reforms,” she said. “Additionally, (he) stresses that the demonstrators cannot go home without sufficient results.” https://wp.me/pEe9-1nt
[November 6 2019]
Thousands of Iraqi anti-government protesters have occupied an abandoned high-rise building in the centre of Baghdad. Since 1 October, more than 250 people have been killed in clashes with security forces, as protesters demand more jobs, an end to corruption, and better services.
On November 3 2019 in Karbala, protesters climbed the walls of the Iranian Consulate by the light of burning tires as the crowd chanted “The people want the fall of the regime,” one of the main slogans from the 2011 Arab Spring. Security forces dispersed the protest, killing at least three people and wounding nearly 20.
Anti-government protesters blocked the tankers that transport fuel to gas stations from entering the Nassiriya oil refinery causing fuel shortages across Dhi Qar province.
[November 3 2019]
Operations at the port of Umm Qasr have been at a complete standstill since October 30 2019, after protesters first blocked its entrance on the 29th.
Umm Qasr receives the vast bulk of Iraq’s imports of grain, vegetable oils and sugar, needed to feed a country heavily dependent on imported food. Iraq’s oil exports take place mostly from nearby offshore platforms which have not been affected.
More than 250 people have died in a government crackdown on the unrest since the start of October. Much of the unrest has focused on southern cities in Iraq’s Shi’ite heartland, which also includes its main oil producing areas.