On 9 August 2003 The IFTU in Basra had organized a peaceful demonstration in support of the Transport and Communication Union demands.
Due to the recent sever shortages of both gas and petrol, Iraqi working people in Basra called upon the occupying authority to ensure the sufficient provision of these commodities at the fixed recognized prices.
The protesters carried the following slogans:
Iraq is a country flout on oil, but has no petrol.
Stop the smuggling of petrol.
The Iraqi FTU support the Transport and Communication Union
Under these slogans the demonstration marched in Basra