What Happened: The Iraqi government has imposed a nationwide state of emergency as anti-government protests continued for a third day and spread into southern Iraq, Al Jazeera reported Oct. 3. Meanwhile, the speaker of Iraq's parliament has invited representatives of the protesters to meet with the chamber on Oct. 5 to discuss their demands.
Why It Matters: Protests in Iraq will likely continue after Friday prayers on Oct. 4, while government measures to quell the protests will result in roadblocks, disruptions to internet access and decreased public services.
Background: A state of emergency authorizes Iraqi authorities to shut down streets, deploy additional security forces, issue curfews and limit internet access. Ongoing protests have reportedly featured anti-Iranian slogans, as well as discontent against the government in Baghdad.