In terms of security, the monitoring team noted that the security forces avoided approaching the demonstrators but instead took the spectator position from a distance of hundreds of meters from the demonstrators' site, where they monitored the movement of the demonstrators. It did not perform its security duty to protect the demonstrators or organize their movement. Despite the road closure and burning tires now, the demonstration continued without any incidents, and in the end, the demonstrators opened bridges. As a result, the movement returned to normal in the area. Alternatively, in the media, the demonstration events were published on social networks, and the Nasiriyah News Network and the local Nasiriyah TV and Radio published a government document criticizing the demonstrators' behavior in terms of burning tires and closing roads and bridges.
The reasons for the demonstrations / the demands of the demonstrators
By reviewing the demonstrations and events in several Iraqi governorates, the most prominent reasons that led to the start of the demonstrations can be reviewed as follows:
- Reluctance to implement Resolution 315, which stipulates legal, financial, and organizational treatment for workers as contract and daily wages.
- The spread of corruption.
- Demanding appointment to be permanent staff of the government.
Notes on the security authorities’ handling of gatherings:
The demonstrations, in general, were peaceful, and their focus was economic research, which was to improve economic conditions for contract employees. Such demonstrations can be considered a description of the dire reality of the economic conditions of a large segment of society. In the face of these demands, the security authorities dealt peacefully and passively at the same time. The security forces resorted not to dealing with the demonstrators and staying away from the demonstrators by a short distance. This behavior by the security forces can be taken as a negative security indicator in carrying out its duties in protecting the demonstrators.