Joel Wing keeps an eye on Iraqi protests:
As the number of protestors have increased and spread from city to city, so have their demands. Originally, people were asking for better services such as electricity, jobs, and an end to corruption, but now the rule of law, an end to abuses in prisons, amnesty for prisoners who have been tortured, aid for farmers, and the resignation of local officials have all been added. Support for the marchers has also allegedly spread all the way to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani who refused to meet with speaker of parliament Osama Nujafi over the matter.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has tried some half-hearted attempts to quell the growing anger.
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