Protests are likely in the coming weeks in central Basra, motivated in part by the recent killings of activists, including blogger Suad al-Ali on 25 September by unidentified gunmen, and retaliatory arrest warrants for activists issued by Shia security forces.
The state and security forces' campaign to suppress protests, which have recurred since July 2018, was amplified after protesters stormed and set fire to Shia militia offices, political parties' headquarters, government buildings, and the Iranian consulate on 6 September. The Iraqi government lacks the capability to sufficiently fulfill the protesters' demands to improve basic services including electricity and water, create jobs, and address rampant corruption.
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