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Demonstrators in Iraq: We will not leave even if the protests last 40 years DinarDailyUpdates?bg=330099&fg=FFFFFF&anim=1

Demonstrators in Iraq: We will not leave even if the protests last 40 years

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Post by RamblerNash on Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:06 pm

Demonstrators in Iraq: We will not leave even if the protests last 40 years

Demonstrators in Iraq: We will not leave even if the protests last 40 years 20191114212240266u6

2019/11/14 11:05:43
With their masks, helmets and clothes stained with blood and dust, young men control the checkpoints in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, chanting the fall of the government.

Iraqi youths have been participating in thousands since anti-government protests erupted on October 1 in the capital and quickly spread to the south of the country.

More than 300 demonstrators have been killed so far in the security forces' response to mostly peaceful demonstrations by firing live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters directly at the bodies.

“We are here to demand justice,” said Mohammed, a young protester who only gave his first name. I want justice for my brother who was killed on this bridge, and I want justice for my friend who was killed here on this bridge. ” According to Reuters

Mohammed, wearing an Iraqi flag mask on his face to protect himself from tear gas, stood under the bridge of the Republic where violent clashes with riot police broke out over the last three weeks.

On top of it, hundreds of youths supervised concrete barriers, sheets of metal and tires, as the confrontation with security forces on the other side reached a dead end.

Nearby, volunteers such as Rand Mohammed set up voluntary medical clinics to treat the wounded.

"We are here to help our brothers in the square," Rand said of Tahrir Square in the city center. "We have to stay here to achieve what we want peacefully." Even if it takes so long. ”

Large-scale dissatisfaction

Demonstrations were dominated by young people from a generation struggling with rampant unemployment, a corrupt political elite and years of armed conflict. Despite Iraq's oil wealth, many live in extreme poverty and lack access to clean water, electricity, health care and education.

“I graduated as one of my first students in school, but no university accepted me,” said Ahmed, 27. Even if I graduated from university there are no jobs. Even if you want to work daily, you will need a strong medium now. ”

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has taken some action to try to calm the protests, the most challenging challenge to the ruling elite since 2003. The initiatives included financial assistance to the poor and more jobs for university graduates.

But the initiatives have failed to keep pace with the growing demands of demonstrators who are now demanding the demolition of Iraq's sectarian power-sharing system and the departure of leaders they see as corrupt.

"We don't have anything," said Mohammed Saeed Yassin. No wealth for the nation. Politicians know only theft and they steal from us ... We have to get rid of these corrupt officials. Without it, there would be no solution. ”

Protesters were outraged by the lukewarm response from their leaders and say they will remain on the streets until their demands are met.

"We are young enough," said Hussein, a protester wearing an empty tear gas canister around his neck. "We have no jobs, no salaries ... we won't leave, even if it lasts 40 years."


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