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Revolt/Riots in Basra

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 12, 2003 8:06 am

British soldiers face wrath of Iraqis as hatred festers on streets of Basra <br>By Justin Huggler in Basra <br>12 August 2003 <br> <br> <br>Burnt tyres and stones that were thrown at British soldiers trying to contain riots by Iraqis infuriated by constant power cuts and a fuel crisis still littered the streets of Basra yesterday. <br> <br>Calm had been restored to the city after two days in which at least one Iraqi protester was killed - who fired the bullet is still unclear - and a Nepalese former Gurkha soldier was shot dead when his UN car was ambushed in the street. But you get the sense the British are sitting on a pressure cooker. <br> <br>How serious the riots were depends on whom you speak to. Ask the British occupation authority which runs the south of Iraq, and it was all a storm in a teacup. Ask the Iraqis on the streets of Basra, and you hear a different story. There is anger seething on the streets. <br> <br>"Only a thousand people were involved in the protests, out of a city of two million," says Steve Bird, a spokesman for the military. "If you ask the people here, they'll tell you they want us here, to help rebuild the infrastructure." But even as Mr Bird says reassuringly that the security situation in Basra is under control, the crackle of gunfire can be heard through his office window. Outside the fortified British compound, American soldiers arrive in a Humvee. Iraqi children shout abuse at the Americans. They want to throw stones, but some older Iraqis nervously restrain them. <br> <br>"If you had come yesterday, we would have beaten you," Majid al-Eidani, one of the Iraqis queuing at a local petrol station, tells me. <br> <br>"We are very happy that Saddam Hussein is gone," said another man in the queue, Laith al-Tayi. "But sometimes we say at least Saddam Hussein is a Muslim, but the British are foreigners. We cannot accept them. They must know they cannot stay here for 40 years. If they try, we will kick them out. What would you do if you were in our shoes?" <br> <br>These are the Shia heartlands, which suffered cruelty and repression at the hands of Saddam. Nowhere in Iraq were they happier to see him go, and until now, the British have been enjoying relative calm while the Americans suffer daily attacks in Baghdad and elsewhere. <br> <br>But the British appear to be running out of goodwill fast. The riots were spontaneous, according to everyone we spoke to in Basra - despite British claims of some shadowy group behind them. <br> <br>The people came on to the streets because they were enraged at a total, 24-hour power blackout, and a fuel crisis so acute that Mr Tayi says he queued for 12 hours to get petrol for his car and still went home empty-handed. <br> <br>To understand how important electricity and fuel are, you have to feel the heat in Basra. Temperatures soared above 50C this week. Air conditioning is vital: when the power goes, Basrans turn to their home generators. But they run on fuel. This week they have been keeping cool by drinking water, which they keep cold by buying huge blocks of ice and carrying them home. <br> <br>* An American soldier was killed and two others wounded in a bomb attack in the central Iraqi town of Baquba on Sunday evening, the USmilitary said yesterday. The death brings to 56 the number of US soldiers killed since major combat was declared over on 1 May. <br>
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Re: Revolt/Riots in Basra

Postby LayRong » Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:34 am

British soldiers face wrath of Iraqis as hatred festers on streets of Basra <br>By Justin Huggler in Basra <br>12 August 2003 <br> <br> <br>Burnt tyres and stones that were thrown at British soldiers trying to contain riots by Iraqis infuriated by constant power cuts and a fuel crisis still littered the streets of Basra yesterday. <br> <br>Calm had been restored to the city after two days in which at least one Iraqi protester was killed - who fired the bullet is still unclear - and a Nepalese former Gurkha soldier was shot dead when his UN car was ambushed in the street. But you get the sense the British are sitting on a pressure cooker


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Re: Revolt/Riots in Basra

Postby LayRong » Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:36 am

British soldiers face wrath of Iraqis as hatred festers on streets of Basra <br>By Justin Huggler in Basra <br>12 August 2003 <br> <br> <br>Burnt tyres and stones that were thrown at British soldiers trying to contain riots by Iraqis infuriated by constant power cuts and a fuel crisis still littered the streets of Basra yesterday. <br> <br>Calm had been restored to the city afte​
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Re: Revolt/Riots in Basra

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British soldiers face wrath of Iraqis as hatred festers on streets of Basra <br>By Justin Huggler in Basra <br>12 August 2003 <br> <br> <br>Burnt tyres and stones that were thrown at British soldiers trying to contain riots by Iraqis infuriated by constant power cuts and a fuel crisis still littered the streets of Basra yesterday. <br> <br>Calm had been restored to the city afte​


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