April 6, 2021 | oil and gas

Protests Ongoing Outside Nasiriya Oil Refinery

ERBIL - Demonstrations in Iraq's Dhi Qar province were continued on Monday, with protesters blocking the entrance to the Nasiriya oil refinery, a report said.

Over 200 protesters, said to be unemployed university graduates, gathered outside the oil refinery on Monday for the fifth day in a row, a refinery source said in a statement, according to Asharq Al-Awsat.

Monday's demonstrations caused fuel shortages across the southern province of Dhi Qar while a number of petrol stations are running dry and caused long queues at the few stations that were still open.

The protesters were demanding job opportunities and attempted to enter the building when the Iraqi parliament passed the budget bill for the current year, but they were prevented from doing so.

This 'will cause fuel scarcity in the province... if the closure continues the movement of cars will stop completely,' the refinery’s statement said.


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