Anti-government protests continue in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square to complete one year since the second wave of anti-government protests broke out and grasped Iraq. On Sunday, Protesters have come out on the streets to recall the start of Iraq’s largest anti-government protest movement since 2003 after falling of Saddam Hussein. Protesters have said that their demands have not been fulfilled yet. Their demands are basics services like employment and end of corruption.
Demonstraters have marched through the capital’s Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the protest movement where they chanted slogans like “Our blood, our souls, we sacrifice for you Iraq”.
Muntather One of the protesters have shared their emotions to the news agency. He said “Today is an important day as it completes a year since October 25, 2019. It is our revolution for which we gave our blood and sacrificed many martyrs.
Groups of protesters also came together in other southern provinces which includes Babylon, Nasiriya, Wasit, and Basra, that keeps and holds posters and shouting anti-government slogans. Protesters from different parts of Iraq began going their way to the capital last night for Sunday’s protests. While many people have managed to enter Baghdad and reach Tahrir Square, some of them were riding cars and other vehicles were stopped by security forces.
What Anti-government protests are demanding?
Ali Shimmari a 26-year-old protester who spoke to news reporters and made his way from the eastern governorate of Wasit in the morning. He said that he decided to enter despite tensions between protesters and security forces being on the rise.
“Today is a continuation of what we began a year ago,” Shimmari disclosed to the reporters “Our demands have not been met. We will proceed with our fights until we see the change we need,” he included.
meanwhile, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi had instructed to take strict orders to security forces to control the use of live ammunition and called on demonstrations to remain peaceful.