Pro­test­ers clash with cops near oil site

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Hun­dreds of Iraqis from the south­ern dis­trict of Zubair clashed with se­cu­rity forces when they at­tempted to block a road lead­ing to oil fields dur­ing a protest. Po­lice held dozens of demon­stra­tors fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent on Au­gust 7, which did not lead to any in­juries among the pro­test­ers nor the se­cu­rity forces. Zubair lies near the coun­try’s main port city of Basra, 450 kilo­me­tres from Bagh­dad. The pro­test­ers tried to block ac­cess to some oil fields in the area to press their de­mand for jobs in the sec­tor, which is the back­bone of the nation’s econ­omy.

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