December 28, 2019 / 3:53 PM / 25 days ago

Iraqi protesters shut down southern Nassiriya oilfield - sources

BASRA, Iraq, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Protesters broke into Iraq’s southern Nassiriya oilfield on Saturday and forced employees to cut off electricity from its control station, taking the field offline until further notice, a security source and two oil sources said.

The oilfield produces 90,000 barrels a day (bpd) of crude. Protesters chanted “no homeland, no oil,” as they forced its closure, the sources said.

Mass protests have gripped Iraq since Oct. 1 and protesters, most of them young, are demanding an overhaul of a political system they see as profoundly corrupt and keeping most Iraqis in poverty. More than 450 people have been killed.

Reporting Aref Mohammed; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by David Clarke

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