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Iraqi Anti-Government Movement Seeks to Reaffirm Its Presence

Saturday, 18 April 2020 00:56
Protests carrying Iraq’s flag march the streets (AFP) Protests carrying Iraq’s flag march the streets (AFP)

Almost a month after Iraq officially ended its anti-government protests in the wake of the mounting concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, the popular movement is making efforts to reaffirm its presence in the country.

Activists representing some groups of the anti-government movement issued a statement on Thursday threatening the Iraqi authorities of continuing their protests after the “warrior break” imposed by health conditions related to the outbreak of COVID-19.

It said the anti-government movement reiterates its position of rejecting of all candidates for the premiership.

“The statement aims to spread the spirit of revolution and to assert its durability,” activist Raad Muhsin Ghazi told Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday.

He said the statement received the backing of the majority of groups active in the movement.

“This is the first time a statement has been issued representing a large number of protesters and revolutionaries,” he said.

The Iraqi anti-government movement, which had erupted some five months ago, demanded the overthrow of a political class seen as corrupt and serving foreign powers while many Iraqis languish in poverty without jobs, healthcare or education.

“Here we are, renewing the pledge and our intention to complete the great march, started by the free people. Those who think that the revolution will be abandoned are illusionists.” the statement said.

Source: Asharq Al-awsat

It explained that protesters behaved with high awareness when prioritizing the country’s key challenges by deciding to temporarily stop their activities to maintain people’s safety due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Only some protesters remained in tents and squares across the country, currently putting their efforts to launch awareness campaigns on the importance of respecting safety measures imposed to fight the virus.

 

Even though the protest movement was forced to come to an abrupt halt due to the coronavirus, many activists see this as an opportunity to review and fix mistakes, in hopes that the movement would be revived.