Basra protests: Rioters attack Iran consulate

Iraqi protesters are seen near the burnt Iranian Consulate in Basra, 7 September 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rioters attacked the building after days of violent protests

Protesters have torched the Iranian consulate in the southern Iraqi town of Basra amid large protests in opposition to corruption and lack of fundamental services.

Crowds within the streets of the Shia Muslim-majority city chanted towards Iranian affect on Iraqi politics.

it’s the fifth day of violent protests in the country’s 2d city, with a minimum of 9 other folks killed.

Iran, the region’s main Shia power, has fostered ties with Iraq’s Shia majority when you consider that Saddam Hussein’s downfall.

But the Iranian consulate is solely another public construction protesters associate with the federal government in Baghdad, analysts say.

Symbol copyright EPA Symbol caption 9 protesters had been killed this week

Anger in Basra has grown over the lack of jobs, electricity and safe drinking water, with masses taken to clinic after consuming contaminated water.

Local residents say the federal government is corrupt and has allowed infrastructure to just about cave in in the area that generates a lot of Iraq’s oil wealth.

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