While Baghdad remains the epicentre of the protests across Iraq, in the south, the port of Um Qasr in Basra has emerged as a focal point of protests. Many locals feel that the vast wealth going through the port has done little to improve the lives of ordinary Iraqis.
The protests against unemployment, corruption and lack of services that rocked Iraq last week have calmed down following numerous reform promises by the Prime Minister. However, many observers believe this is not the end of the protests, given the country's history of broken reform promises.
Basra residents, who have been protesting to demand services and jobs, are disappointed with the new government for not appointing any minister from Basra and call for the establishment of a Basra federal region.
After a week of protests, volunteers in Basra return to the location of the protests, but this time to clean up the streets and fix any damages that had occurred. The volunteers said that they want to show the world that they are conscious protesters and not vandals.
Last week, the protests in Basra resulted in the burning of government offices, political parties HQs, and the Iranian consulate. Since then, the protests have calmed. Troops sent from Baghdad have reinforced police numbers, while government offices and markets reopened after a quiet night.
In Basra, south of Iraq, more than 14,000 cases recorded in the past two weeks related to the consumption of unclean water. As a result political and tribal leaders from the oil hub have threatened to obstruct crude exports if their demands are not met.
The Iraqi Council of Ministers has approved a regulation requiring that 50% of foreign oil company employees working in the country be Iraqis. This comes after mass demonstrations in Basra calling for improved public services and increased job opportunities.