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Shiite cleric Sadr leads 1 million man anti-gov’t demonstration


BAGHDAD, Iraq—Nearly one million Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad Friday morning to protest against corruption and the government’s backtracking on reform plans, as called by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Gathering in Baghdad’s central Tahrir square the protestors shouted and waved posters of ‘no to corruption and corrupts,”

Sadr who gave Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi an ultimatum last month to carry out his reform plans or face mass demonstrations, delivered a speech to the protesters in which he blamed the government for the current financial crisis.

“This demonstration is the voice of the displaced people and the oppressed Sunnis,” he said over loud speakers. “We disown any corrupt party or personality,”

The cleric said that the current government was not a true representative of his party or people.

In his warning message earlier this month Sadr, whose party has 34 seats in parliament, said that the former government of Nouri al-Maliki was responsible for the fall of Mosul and Abadi’s cabinet must hold them to account.

“Abadi must carry out grassroots reform,” Sadr said in front of the protesters. “Raise your voice and shout so the corrupt get scared of you,” he encouraged the people.

Riyadh Ghali Miftin, a Sadrist MP told Rudaw that the protests were to bring the country back on the right track and the right direction.

According to Rudaw reporters in Baghdad Sadr instructed his followers and protesters not to wave or sing flags of his party or family name and keep the protests nonpartisan.


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8 Responses to "Shiite cleric Sadr leads 1 million man anti-gov’t demonstration"

  1. rockwool  February 27, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Alois, you’re fragmentizing. One incident – even one biggie like that – don’t make a million man rally.

    On another note, MacDaddy al-Sadr he is one of the few clergy men I don’t find repulsive. He thinks Sunnis are oppressed and obviously is out to unite people, and I hope, even if this article doesn’t get into it, that this demonstration came with demands that the government expelles the US and foreign forces from Iraq.

    Begging, “please D.C. stop supplying ISIS” obviously has not helped.

  2. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  February 26, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Agree. CIA & Bush/NeoCons backed ISIS & al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups. This include the formation of ISIS — with seeds to grow ISIS planted during the U.S. occupation of Iraq. The U.S. firing of 400,000 Iraqi troops — who instantly became ‘men with guns & no money’ — may have been the first of those seeds.

  3. Amelius  February 26, 2016 at 8:49 am

    It’s a shame that we in the west can’t get together like this to let our governments know we are fed up.

    • guitargirl  February 26, 2016 at 9:36 am

      It sure is Amelius! I ended up all by my bloody self at a protest here at the Federal Reserve!


    • Amelius  February 26, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      I’m sorry to hear that, Regina. I can only imagine how discouraging that must have been. Keep your chin up though! Because at least you did your part, which is all any of us can do.

    • Poppadop  February 27, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      To be fair, the banksters’ counteroffer to popular protests includes wars and wetwork. Two million people could march outside the Federal Reserve, and most politicians would still be less afraid of the protesters than the banksters.

  4. NotAVeteran2  February 26, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Catchy slogan, rolls of the tongue easily.

    Honestly, in their native language it probably does.

  5. NotAVeteran2  February 26, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Does ‘crowds for hire’ also operate in Iraq?

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