"Al-Zaman/AFP say that hundreds of protesters came out Sunday in the southern Shiite city of Samawah, demanding the removal of Muthanna governor Muhammad Ali al-Hassani, whom they blamed for the lack of fuel, drinking water, electricity and services. The demonstration was fired on by police, and in the riot 18 persons were wounded, 12 of them policemen. They had been throwing stones and bottles at government buildings. When they were fired on, they grew enraged and tried to invade some of those government buildings. At the Water Utilities building, they broke out windows and set the frame afire. On Saturday, the governor had used local television to broadcast a strict prohibition against any demonstrations. Shops are closed in the city and flames are rising from some points. Iraqi security forces have closed off some streets." (link)