The Iranian embassy in Najaf, a southern Iraqi city, has been set on fire by anti-government protesters. One protester was killed and at least 35 injured in police firing. During the attack, embassy personnel escaped safely through the back door.
The Al Jazeera report said that after the incident, local authorities issued a curfew in the area. The report says the incident is a manifestation of Iraqi protesters’ anti-Iran sentiment.
Thousands of protesters called the streets of Baghdad on September 1, accusing them of lack of employment, poor government services and corruption. They are also upset over the influence of some of the regional countries, including Iran, on Iraq’s internal politics. Protesters in the name of the highway united against the irregularities, despite the adherence to a particular political party.
The protests became stronger when security forces fired tear gas and fired at them. It spread to different cities. Protests have been widespread, especially in several Shiite-dominated southern cities. So far, about 300 people have been killed in the protests.