Demonstrators block bridge in south Iraqi city

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 18, 2011 10:27

BASRA, Iraq— Protesters blocked a bridge in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Friday, calling for the provincial governor to resign, as the drumbeat of demonstrations railing against the government continued across Iraq.

About 1,000 people rallied in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, to demand better services from the government, jobs and improved pensions.

They shouted slogans warning that today's demonstration was peaceful but ones in the future might not be.

In the wake of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, frustrated Iraqis have staged demonstrations across the country.

This week, at least five people were killed after demonstrations in two Iraqi cities turned violent.


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