Protesters set fire to a government building in southern Iraq

In response to protests, authorities impose a curfew in Nasiriyah.

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According to information from the security forces, demonstrators lit a government building on fire on Monday in the governorate of Dhi Qar in Iraq.

According to the sources, a group of guys wearing masks staged demonstrations by taking to the streets in the central business district of Nasiriyah.

They continued by saying that the protesters used Molotov cocktails to set fire to the governor’s office.

The city was placed under a 24-hour curfew in response to the tragedy.

Nasiriyah, situated around 350 kilometers (217 miles) south of the capital city of Baghdad, is engulfed in poverty and wracked by a lack of employment opportunities, particularly among its younger population.

The anti-corruption protest movement’s primary bastion of support was located there.

In 2019, widespread demonstrations against the government broke out. These demonstrations continued for several months and ultimately led to the resignation of the country’s Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

During the sudden parliamentary elections on October 10, 2021, supporters of the renowned Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr emerged as the largest winners, receiving 73 seats in parliament due to their victory.

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