[Asharq Al-Awsat] Prime Minister, General Commander of the Armed Forces, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, has decided to drop the suits filed by government bodies against demonstrators in Basra province.
The activist for the province of Montazir al-Karakoshi, who attended a meeting of the gathering of activists and independent figures from Basra with Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad, a statement to the twilight News Saturday, they “presented to the latter demands and problems of Basra with all joints with a number of them in detail.”
He added that “the Prime Minister decided to drop all legal proceedings against demonstrators brought by government agencies and review the cases brought by some parties against the demonstrators and the scrutiny and closure in case the evidence is not proven as soon as possible.”
The province of oil-rich Basra, the southernmost of Iraq since last July until the beginning of last September, demonstrations, and protests, “angry” on the deterioration of the reality of service, and the spread of financial and administrative corruption in the state institutions and services, and the spread of unemployment within the community.
The demonstrations escalated by the end of last month, continuing until the beginning of September, when they were confronted by the security forces and armed factions in the popular crowd with live bullets, killing a number of protesters and wounding dozens with the arrest of two activists.