04 December 2020
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Iraq: Angry Nasiriyah Residents Tear Down Party Offices

Tuesday, 25 August 2020 16:20
Protesters use a bulldozer to demolish offices of parties during ongoing anti-government protests in Nasiriyah, Iraq August 22, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer Protesters use a bulldozer to demolish offices of parties during ongoing anti-government protests in Nasiriyah, Iraq August 22, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

Angry protesters in the city of Nasiriyah tore down Saturday the offices of political parties after a series of assassinations targeted prominent activists in southern Iraq.Videos and photos circulating on social media showed activists demolishing the offices of political parties in Iraq’s southern province of Dhi Qar to protest attacks on demonstrators.

The protesters were escorted by bulldozers, demolishing the offices of the Dawa Party, the Badr Organization, Assa’eb Ahl al-Haq, Hezbollah, the Socialist Party, al-Hikma Movement and the house of Jabbar Mousawi, former head of provincial committee for Dhi Qar security.

On Friday, three protesters were injured when a blast struck near a protest camp in Nasiriyah.

In Basra, protesters attacked on Friday the Basra Representatives office building amid the deployment of security forces.

The protesters demanded that the killers of civilian activists and demonstrators be revealed and brought to justice.

Basra has witnessed assassinations of a number of activists in the past days.

“It seems that political parties in power and their armed factions have not yet understood the deep transformation that happened following the October Revolution,” activist Raad al-Ghazi told Asharq Al-Awsat on Saturday.

“Or maybe they know this but don’t admit it, particularly that this anger emanates from their main strongholds in the provinces of southern Iraq.”

The incidents on Saturday and Sunday coincided with the return of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to Baghdad from Washington.

A Defense Ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that US forces will start withdrawing from the Taji base, north of Baghdad, on Sunday.

Source: Asharq Al Awast

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