>> Iraqi police cracking down as protests sweep cities in the south. They're firing tear gas and live ammunition, this protester shouts. Iraq has been rocked by more than a week of scenes like this, as demonstrators demand better services and better jobs. These demos turning nasty in the oil rich city of Basra, all this kicking off amid political uncertainty that's throwing a spotlight on the performance of Prime Minister Haider al-Aabadi who is seeking a second term after Parliamentary elections in May.
Anger is mounting after those elections failed to produce a government, the vote overshadowed by allegations of fraud. Basra and other parts of the south, the country's Shiite heartland, have long been neglected. However, this is the first time the unrest is more widespread, and seeing protestors attacking places like this, the city's government headquarters.
In a rare show of anger, protesters also stormed the international airport in the holy Shiite city of Najef. And despite tighter security in the south, the protesters are showing no signs of giving up. Demonstrations continued into Monday with Iraqis gathering at the main gate to three major oil fields in Basra.
Their demand clear, give us jobs.