On the second anniversary of the movement – demonstrations in Iraq calling for “change” | DW Arabic news | Breaking news and perspectives from around the world | DW

On the second anniversary of the movement – demonstrations in Iraq calling for “change” | DW Arabic news | Breaking news and perspectives from around the world | DW
On the second anniversary of the movement – demonstrations in Iraq calling for “change” | DW Arabic news | Breaking news and perspectives from around the world | DW

Hundreds of people began demonstrating in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, today, Friday (October 1), in commemoration of the second anniversary of the start of the unprecedented popular protests in the year. 2019. Amidst a heavy security presence, the demonstrators, who began their march towards Tahrir Square, raised the center of the year’s protests 2019, Iraqi banners and pictures of young men who were killed during the bloody repression that the demonstrations were subjected to at the time, and his victim was killed by 600 Someone injured more than 30 alpha.

The demonstrations come ahead of early parliamentary elections that experts do not expect to bring about much change. These elections were supposed to take place on the normal time of the year 2022However, holding it early was one of the most prominent promises of the Mustafa Al-Kazemi government, which took power in the wake of the fall demonstrations. 2019 When tens of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets, demanding the fall of the regime.

The banners also included pictures of activists who were later killed, such as Ihab al-Wazni, head of the protests coordination in Karbala, who was shot dead in May by armed men in front of his house with silencer pistols.

Others held banners reading “When will we see the killers behind bars” and “We want a homeland, we want change”, while the demonstrators are still calling on the government to hold those responsible for the assassinations of activists accountable. Friday’s demonstrators also raised banners reading “Electing the same faces is a massacre for the homeland,” “No, no to corrupt parties, no to corrupt politicians,” and “Do not elect the one who killed me.”

Eyewitnesses stated that the Iraqi authorities began at an early stage to close all streets and squares leading to Tahrir Square in central Baghdad to prevent demonstrators from reaching it and deploying large numbers of armed and security forces.

Since the outbreak of popular protests in Iraq in October 2019, show more than 70 An activist for assassination or an assassination attempt, while dozens of others were kidnapped for short periods. No party has claimed responsibility for the killings and kidnappings of the activists, but the demonstrators accuse powerful pro-Iranian factions.

We will not participate in the elections.
From Tahrir Square, Ibrahim, an old protester, said: 20 A year-old told AFP: “Today we went out as peaceful demonstrators to commemorate the memory of 1 October, the anniversary of the massacre committed by the government against peaceful youth, and to commemorate the martyrs and to prove our position and our word.” Ibrahim stressed: “We will not participate in the elections because it will produce the same corrupt system and will restore the same corrupt parties.”

Activists and currents emanating from the protest movement chose to boycott the early parliamentary elections scheduled for October 10. Despite the fact that independents presented themselves as candidates for these elections, which take place according to a new unilateral electoral law that reduced the number of electoral districts, experts believe that they are just a front for traditional parties that will regain dominance on the political scene, expecting a large boycott rate among the electorate.25 million. And compete in the elections about 3249 candidates, including more than 789 “Independent”, to choose a new Iraqi parliament that includes 329 A deputy to form a new Iraqi government for the next four years.
A feeling of frustration and despair prevails among activists about the possibility that the early parliamentary elections may bring about change, while Iraq is still mired in many crises such as electricity cuts, lack of services, deteriorating economic situation and high unemployment among young people, as a result of years of wars and chronic corruption. Despite this, some people raised slogans on Friday with some optimism, such as “the revolution will spread in the country faster than the Corona virus, and there is no vaccine for it.”


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    Resignation did not convince the demonstrators

    The resignation of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, did not convince the demonstrators to end their ongoing protests in Baghdad and the southern regions, stressing their determination to “put aside all symbols of corruption.” While an Iraqi deputy called for the trial of Abdul-Mahdi and the pillars of his government.

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    He did not withstand the protests

    The demonstrations prompted Abdul-Mahdi to resign on November 29, after political forces withdrew their support for him. The Iraqi parliament agreed to the resignation, and the Sairoon bloc, which is the largest, announced that it had waived its right to nominate a successor to the resigned prime minister and left the choice to the street. While the demonstrators stressed that this was not enough, they raised slogans condemning the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his other Shiite political rival Hadi al-Amiri.

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    Live bullets against protesters

    As the protests continue, violence intensifies and scores of victims fall, as happened in Dhi Qar Governorate, where on November 29 only, about 32 people were killed and more than 250 were wounded. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed his deep concern over the continued use of live bullets against demonstrators.

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    Pour more oil on the flames of protests

    In the midst of the protests, the New York Times and the American Intercept published on November 20 leaked documents from the Iranian intelligence archives written between 2014 and 2015, revealing the extent of Iran’s blatant interference in Iraq. According to these leaks, the country fell completely in the grip of the Iranian regime after 2003 and the American withdrawal from Iraq, and most officials became mere recipients of orders from Iran!

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    Attack on Iranian consulates

    With the escalation of demonstrations demanding an end to Iranian interference, protesters attacked the Iranian consulate building in Karbala, killing three people and wounding 12 others. This was repeated with the consulate in Najaf after demonstrators set fire to the building. Iran denounced the burning of its consulates and demanded Baghdad to protect its diplomatic headquarters. The incident also fueled violence in Iraq.

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    Sistani supports the protesters

    On an escalating tone, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, voiced his support for the protests in a sermon read by a representative on Friday, November 15. He said that he does not interfere in politics except in times of crisis, warning that external interference in the country’s affairs will make Iraq an arena for settling accounts.

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    Unprecedented tactic!

    With the escalation of protests and violence, the demonstrators began using a new tactic in the face of the crackdown and repression campaigns launched by the authorities, as they began to block roads and prevent access to schools and official departments and to engage in a voluntary strike, and thus work stopped in most cities in southern Iraq from Basra to Kut, Najaf, Diwaniyah and Hilla. and Nasiriyah.

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    “Iran out, out, and Khamenei replies.”

    The protests revealed the extent of Iran’s role and interference in Iraq, with protesters demanding that it stop its interference. The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ali Khamenei, described the protests as a “conspiracy”, which aims to divide Iraq and Iran. Iranian media have pointed the finger at the United States of America, Saudi Arabia and other parties for inflaming events in Iraq.

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    Accountability of the corrupt and those involved in the repression!

    After three weeks of protests, a commission of inquiry into the unrest in Iraq recommended the referral of a number of senior commanders of the army and security services to eliminate the background of the killing of demonstrators. The government also pledged to hold those involved in corruption accountable. But the protesters, whose slogans were corruption, repression and unemployment topped their slogans, continue their demonstrations and demand the departure of the regime.

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    Muqtada al-Sadr withdraws his support!

    The position of the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr witnessed a noticeable change during the protests, from supporting the government of Adel Abdul-Mahdi to demanding his resignation. Al-Sadr warned that Abdul-Mahdi’s failure to resign might turn the situation in Iraq into something similar to Syria and Yemen.

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    “Baghdad is free, free” ..

    Peaceful protests erupted in Iraq on October 1, 2019, and demonstrators raised slogans calling for the resignation of the government and an end to Iranian interference. The protests included the capital, Baghdad, and southern cities, and despite their peacefulness, they were met with a violent security response, in which 257 people were killed in the first month of the protests. Prepared by: M. Q/ M.M

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