Angry protesters on Sunday have stormed a meeting held by Iraq’s former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki in the country’s most southern city of Basra.
News of Maliki touring Basra prompted protesters to take to the streets asking the former premier from 2006 to 2014 to leave the city. Maliki was scheduled to hold the meeting at the Cultural Center in Basra.
In one of the videos published, protestors outside the center were heard chanting: “Maliki you are trash, head of the thieves.”
Iraqis from the south to the north have long complained about their living conditions and standards compared to the prosperity enjoyed by their politicians, whom they deem as corrupt.
In another video, one protester said: “In truth, Maliki is corrupt, a thief and a murderer,” adding that since Sunday early morning, “we were looking out for him.”
Maliki was also Iraq’s vice president from 2014 to 2015. He is currently secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party.