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04 Dec 2020 | 11:14 AM UTC

Iraq: Anti-government protests ongoing in central Basra December 4; increased security, business, and transport disruptions likely

Anti-government protests are ongoing in Basra, Iraq, Dec. 4. Increased security, business, and transport disruptions likely.

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Event

Anti-government protests are ongoing in central Basra, Iraq, as of late Dec. 4. Clashes are reportedly occurring between protesters and security personnel. Localized traffic and transport disruptions are likely, particularly as protesters have allegedly begun to burn tires.

Authorities will almost certainly maintain a heightened security posture throughout Basra until the situation stabilizes. Any associated business and transport disruptions will probably persist until security personnel restores full order in the city.

Context

Protests over unemployment, poor public services, and corruption began in October 2019 and have since grown in intensity and scope. Anti-government demonstrations will likely persist despite efforts to undertake reforms and appease protesters. Demonstrators are demanding the overhaul of the country's entire political system, which remains unlikely. The demonstrations in Iraq are nonsectarian and have been occurring amid the public's growing dissatisfaction with the political establishment.

Advice

Avoid all protests as a standard security precaution. Exercise caution near likely demonstration sites. Leave immediately and take refuge in a secure, non-government building if violence erupts. Monitor local media for details concerning protest activity, as organizers may not announce plans in advance. Follow police instructions.

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