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Oil workers face resistance, crackdown

Iraqi officials are pressing for legal action against workers protesting at Basra oil fields and South Oil Company offices.
Oil workers protest in Basra on May 9, 2011. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - The head of the Iraqi Oil Police in Basra is urging Baghdad to press charges against workers, including members of the Oil Police, if they strike or prevent colleagues from entering the work sites.

In a letter marked "Confidential and Urgent," obtained by Iraq Oil Report, the headquarters of the South Oil Police Directorate suggests “filing a lawsuit against the instigators from South Oil Company" who are involved in protests over the past week, "to hold them legally accountable."

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