Iraqi protesters call for ‘regime overthrow’

Iraqi protesters chanting"overthrow the regime"
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Friday 2 September 2022 – 19:32

Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated today Friday in Baghdad, in the context of a serious political crisis that is shaking the country, after a few days of clashes in which 30 supporters of the cleric and politician Muqtada al-Sadr were killed.

The demonstrators carried Iraqi flags and demanded the fall of the regime; According to scenes broadcast on Iraqi public television.

Iraq remains without a prime minister and without a government since the legislative elections in October 2021, as the Shiite political poles are unable to agree on the name of a candidate for the position.

Protesters chanted at “Nesour Square” in the capital Baghdad with the words: “The people want the fall of the regime.”

The protesters are directing their anger at the political system that, in their eyes, is crippling oil-rich Iraq by perpetuating a social and economic crisis.

Some chanted “Iran will not rule Iraq,” rejecting the Tehran authorities’ interference in Iraqi affairs.

The protesters say they support the protest movement that Iraq witnessed in October 2019; When thousands of Iraqis took to the streets to denounce the “corruption of the ruling class and the hegemony of Iran.”

This protest movement has diminished, but continues to organize sporadic demonstrations in Baghdad, while Friday’s protests took place against a background of heightened tension in the country.

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