Mohammed Tawfeeq
August 23, 2010

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Nasiriya, Iraq — At least 15 people, including nine police officers, were wounded Saturday night when hundreds of people protested in Nasiriya over power outages and bad basic services, city police officials told CNN.

Some of the roughly 200 protesters hurled stones at a local government building in the city, about 360 kilometers (225 miles) south of Baghdad, and some beat police officers with sticks, officials said.

Iraqi security forces in the city fired water cannons to disperse the crowd and arrested numerous protesters.

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In June, Iraq’s minister of electricity resigned following protests in southern Iraq over a lack of electricity. Karim Waheed read his resignation letter on state television.

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