Police fired on thousands of demonstrators in Kut today, killing at least three people as protests over decrepit public services and government corruption intensified across occupied Iraq.Angry Arab has pointed to what he believes is a general cover-up of a self-immolation in Iraq. Google translations aren't that reliable (or even intelligible sometimes) but this one from al Jazeera seems ok(ish):
Enraged protesters responded by storming the governor's headquarters and his home, setting both ablaze.Authorities said that at least 27 people were injured in the chaos, including one police officer.On Tuesday thousands rallied in Fallujah, Kirkuk and Baghdad to demand job creation programmes and better electricity supplies.In Fallujah protesters massed outside the city council building and the mayor's office demanding the resignation of the mayor and the head of the city council for failing to tackle corruption and provide basic public services.Some demonstrators shouted, "Down with al-Maliki," referring to Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki.Others carried banners saying, "No for sectarianism, yes for unity, down with al-Maliki's government," "No restriction on freedom of expression, no to random detentions and raids, no to corrupted politicians and thieves," and "We demand better basic services - electricity, oil and food rations."
A correspondent to the Arab Media Watch list has questioned the eerie silence of the BBC over all this and they have posted a link to this video which shows shots being fired into an unarmed crowd:
Of course, the Beeb's report could have been updated by now but don't hold your breath.