ERBIL— As Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived on Wednesday in the southern Dhi Qar province, all the journalists were temporarily detained while confrontations occurred between his guards and a group of protesters.
Iraqi Observatory for Journalistic Freedom reported that early today Abadi arrived in Naseriyah (central city of Dhi Qar) to meet with the local officials in the province.
All journalist were detained in a room in the governorate building and a guard standing at the door prevented them from entering the room where Abadi and the local officials had meeting, the organization said.
Even the photographer of Dhi Qar governor was also not allowed to take photos when Abadi arrived in Naseriyah.
Shortly after that, Abadi's guards confronted a crowd of protestors in front of Junub Hotel in Naseriyah, Iraqi Ghad press reported.
The guards fired live rounds to disperse the protestors, wounding one of them, the report said.