Demonstrations continued in Basra, Missan, and Dhi Qar provinces this week as protesters criticized security force tactics and a slow government response to complaints of unemployment and poor services. The most volatile protests took place outside the gates of West Qurna 1 and West Qurna 2 oil fields, operated by ExxonMobil and Lukoil respectively, where protesters sporadically blocked roads and prevented employees from accessing the facility . Protesters at both fields, however, continue to keep the lines of communications open with government officials.