MEK Iran: Iraqi Protesters Continue to Protest Interference of Iranian Regime
The situation inside Iraq is currently very similar to the domestic situation in Iran. The people in both countries are hugely troubled by the political events and the corruption that is so present in Iran and Iraq.
The candidacy of Mohamed Tawfiq Allawi in Iraq for the post of Prime Minister has caused outrage among the people, with many demonstrating across the country. The Iraqis were also on the streets protesting the crimes and violence instigated by members of the Muqtada Sadr, a puppet of Mullahs, militia.
According to the country’s health department, at least 23 protesters have died as a result of injuries inflicted by the Sadr forces on just Wednesday alone. It is also estimated that there are almost 200 people that have sustained injuries, 16 of which are critical.
In the country’s capital Baghdad, many Iraqis have joined together to denounce the hateful and brutal suppression of protesters across the country.
The people of Iran have also been calling their government out for the brutal suppression of protesters. Many Iranians have been arrested, attacked by security forces and imprisoned, quite simply because they have dared to speak out about the Iranian regime’s corruption and brutality.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) November 27, 2019
The Iraqis are calling for the Iranian regime to leave their country alone and to stop meddling in their internal affairs. Iran is trying to create a rift that will divide the country and give the regime a chance to grab power. However, the people of Iraq are making it very clear that they will not allow this to happen.
The Secretary of State of the United States Mike Pompeo has also voiced his support for the peaceful protesters in Iraq. He said that they should be allowed to campaign for a government that is not controlled by Iran. In a message on Twitter, he wrote: “We strongly condemn the violence in Najaf. Peaceful protesters must be allowed to demonstrate for a government free of Iranian influence without facing death and violence. The government must bring the killers to justice.”
Unrest in Iraq started at the beginning of October last year. They were centralized around the capital and in the southern part of the country and the people were initially expressing their discontent with the state the government has left the country in – particularly with regards to levels of unemployment, atrocious public services, widespread corruption and the interference of foreign powers.
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.https://t.co/fpz0IGabnD#Iran pic.twitter.com/F80RHeyNXB
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) January 28, 2020
Despite calls from the United Nations for the government to stop treating the protesters with great force, reports of violence have continued to the present day.
The Iranian regime prides itself on its crackdown of people at home, and commanders of the notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its Quds Force have been training Iraqi forces on the same methods of repression.
However, the tactics are failing in both Iran and Iraq. The people of both countries are making it very clear that they will not be intimidated into silence and they will not be threatened into stopping their protests.