Despite several recent arrests

Protests against U.S. investments continue in Baghdad and Basra

BAGHDAD — A group of people protested today in front of the American company Procter & Gamble in the Awirij area, south of Baghdad. The protesters chanted slogans against the U.S. and Israel and expressed support for the Palestinian people. This demonstration is part of an ongoing campaign against U.S. brands and investments in Iraq.

Similar events occurred on Baghdad’s Palestine Street, where several American restaurants, including Pizza Hut and Burger King, were targeted by protesters. Demonstrators chanted anti-American slogans, vandalized the premises by breaking windows and defacing signs with spray paint, and forced the temporary closure of these establishments as part of the “End American Interests” campaign in Iraq. Security personnel intervened to disperse the protesters and prevent further damage.

Elements linked to pro-Iran Shia militia groups in Iraq are seen as being behind the attacks on U.S. brands. Iraqi authorities announced on Monday that they had made several arrests over recent attacks on U.S.-linked outlets, including among security force personnel, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in Basra, security forces were deployed on the city’s Al-Saadi Street on Tuesday evening near the Chili House restaurant. Chili House is a Jordanian brand with origins in the U.S. The deployment followed a gathering of individuals demanding the restaurant’s closure.

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