Much of Iraq, including the capital Baghdad, is in the third day of mass protests. Nineteen people have reportedly been killed. The Internet is down across most of the country, possibly because of “intentional restrictions” by authorities.

I spoke with Austria’s Radio FM4 about the causes of the demonstrations, and why they are likely to continue.

Listen at 13:13

Although people may have turned away from the label of the “Arab Spring”, there are still pushes by local populations for rights, reforms, and a decent system of governance.

We saw this in Egypt a couple of weeks ago, possibly on an ongoing basis. We are just seeing the latest wave of this in Iraq.