Protesters took over an oil field in Iraq

A group of protesters in Iraq occupied the Nassiriya oil field in the south of the country. On Saturday, December 28, the invaders demanded that maintenance personnel cut off power to the oilfield and stop all work, DW wrote.

Nassiriya produces about 90,000 barrels of oil per day. Iraq’s economy depends on oil fields, giving about 90 percent of the state budget, Reuters reports. The country ranks second in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in terms of oil production.

Mass protests have been taking place in Iraq since October 1, with activists opposing corrupt elites, insufficient measures to combat unemployment, as well as an ineffective public services sector, which, according to demonstrators, is acutely affecting the country’s poor water and electricity supply to homes. Protesters are calling for reform of the political system.

Since the beginning of the largest protests in Iraq since 2003, about 460 people have died and 25,000 were injured.

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