IT COULD have been a scene from the darkest chapters of the British Empire.
British troops and their local client police force opened fire on people demonstrating for jobs in the town of Amarah, southern Iraq, last Saturday, killing six people.
Fury with the occupying forces goes way beyond the former Iraqi army conscripts who demonstrated. The killings in Amarah led to thousands of Iraqis taking to the streets only to find themselves under attack by British forces.
The day after the demonstration the British army sealed off roads around the Amarah town hall to prevent demonstrators getting there. The British military occupies the town hall as a headquarters.
The brutality of the occupation of Iraq is not confined to the US-controlled areas. It is leading to bitterness and resistance in the British-occupied Shia Muslim south as well.
Every day resistance grows. And every day it becomes clearer Tony Blair has lost the arguments over this war.