The Iraqi government has declared a state of maximum emergency in Baghdad and curfew in Basra. Al-Arabiya correspondent reported late on Friday that a large special force entered Basra to impose security in the city, after a day of protests and destruction till late evening, as angry demonstrators stormed and burned down the Iranian consulate.
There were reports of demonstrators heading towards the presidential palaces in Basra.
Demonstrators set fire to a number of government buildings and party headquarters on Thursday night.
Iranian Consulate in Basra burning. (Supplied)
The protester said that people’s living conditions are “tragic because our government is a subordinate and does not include any noble person.” (AFP)