Iraqi Protests Intensify amidst Government Crackdown
Widespread protests erupted again in Iraq this weekend as angry citizens flooded the streets to demonstrate against government corruption and Iranian meddling in their country’s affairs. The nationwide uprising continued into this week despite a brutal government crackdown on the protesters triggered by influential Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s decision to withdraw his support for the protests.
A Bloody Crackdown
On Sunday the Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq announced that twelve people were killed and another 230 were injured in the previous three days of protests.
According to Sky News Arabia, millions of Iraqi university students protested on Sunday in provinces across the country. MEK Iran sources report that clashes between protesters and Iranian regime-backed militias took place in Baghdad, Nasiriyah, Basrah, Najaf, Babylon, Samawah, Diwaniyah, Karbala, Kut, Diyala, al-Amarah, and Qana.
Security forces burned down protest tents after Sadr withdrew his support and ordered his followers to leave the protests. Security forces and Iranian regime-linked militias then fired tear gas and live ammunition at the protesters who remained.
Unwilling to Be Suppressed
The Iraqi people refused to be suppressed, and these efforts to quell the uprising were not effective. On the contrary, more university students took the government crackdown as a signal to make their presence known.
Iraq seems a lost ground for mullahs since IRGC’s Quds Force commander #QassemSoleimani was killed on January 3 in a US army drone attack close to Baghdad airporthttps://t.co/YZwiUNUtZ3#Iran #Iraq #IRGCTerrorists @USAdarFarsi pic.twitter.com/74hZ0htiat
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) January 26, 2020
The Sky News reporter in Baghdad described the scene in Tahrir Square two days after Sadr’s withdrawal of support and the subsequent bloody government crackdown.
“Following the departure of Muqtada Sadr’s supporters from the protest squares, we are witnessing a massive march from colleges and schools towards Tahrir Square. College students in the provinces of Dhi Qar, Diwaniya, Basrah and other provinces are also demonstrating in support of the protesters. They are sending this message that their measures will increase in the coming days.”
Clashes Reported across Iraq
The MEK Iran has received reports of clashes between protesters and government forces from cities across Iraq. At least 20 protesters in Karbala, southern Iraq were injured after being shot with hunting rifles by government forces on Sunday. The protesters were primarily college students.
Protesters and security forces clashed in Baghdad’s Wathba Square on Sunday night. Government forces and Iranian regime-linked militias were seen attacking protesters at Khilani and Wathba squares in Baghdad Sunday night.
Government forces and Iranian regime-linked militias fired tear gas and live ammunition on protesting college students in Nasiriyah, southern Iraq. Dozens were injured in the clashes, with many of the students receiving bullet wounds.
After learning of the attack, thousands of people traveled to Nasiriyah to support the students in their anti-government protests.
The Mullahs’ Warmongering
Meanwhile, protests continue in Iran over the regime’s corruption and funding of proxy wars through its terrorist militias. The Iraqi people don’t want the Iranian regime meddling in their affairs. The Iranian people don’t want to meddle in other countries’ affairs. What is common to both is that the Iranian regime enjoys meddling and does not listen to the people of any country.
The mullahs’ warmongering and corruption spread throughout the Middle East. Iraq is just one example of how regime change would positively promote peace in the region.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) January 27, 2020