Protesters, who marched in several cities renewing their demands for an overhaul of Iraq’s political system and an end to corruption, were met with police repression
The protesters are also asking for a political transformation and fresh elections.
The protesters reiterated the demands from when the anti-government agitation began in October 2019. They took place despite the new prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi making conciliatory gestures and promising to address their demands
On November 18, protesters blocked the entrance to the country’s main commodities port, Umm Qasr, near Basra, leading to a 50% drop in operations