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Iraq protests exposed Iranian dirty role, corrupt politicians: observers

Iraq protests

Iraqi people have started their uprising and stepped over all the sectarian and religious in order to write a new chapter in the history of their country.

A number of Iraqi cities and provinces, including Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, Babil, Diwaniyah, Wassit, Najaf, Muthanna and Karbala are witnessing mass demonstrations and sit-ins to protest against shortage of jobs, electricity, water and basic services.

But the demands of protesters have escalated, as they chanted slogans demanding the overthrow of the regime. These slogans are similar to the slogans raised during Tunisian, Egyptian and Libyan 2011 revolutions.

 

Although promises made by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to assign thousands of unemployed and provide basic services, the protests did not stop.

The Shia marja clerics did not talk about the ongoing protests during Friday sermons, which observers say that it a move that prove that the Iraqi people have lost their faith in the politicians.

Observers stressed that Abadi's promises are far beyond what the Iraqi state can handle, noting that the main aim of these promises is to contain the protests.

During his meeting with representatives of Basra, Najaf and Dhi Qar, Abadi promised to provide job opportunities and fund dozens of service projects.

Politicians and ex-members of the outgoing Iraqi parliament said the government will not be able to meet these promises.

Activists pointed out that the government's promises are not serious, adding that Abadi meetings with provinces' representatives seek only to contain the protests.

While politicians, especially the Prime Minister, requested the support of the Shia marja in order to save the political process, the speech of the powerful top Shia cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani did not include any reference to the demonstrations.

The ignorance of religious clerics left the supporters of Abadi disappointed after they claimed that the clerics' speeches will demand the protesters to give the government more time to implement its promises.

Observers said that the messages carried through Iraq's July revolution that there is no place for corrupt politicians and Iranian militias in Iraq.

They also pointed out that the protests have exposed the corrupt politicians, as well as the Iranian "dirty role" in Iraq after it used its militias to suppress the peaceful protests.

Activists demanded the government of Abadi to take serious actions against Iranian militias and armed gangs that deal with the mass demonstrations witnessed in several Iraqi provinces in a brutal way.

They confirmed the existence of Iranian militias in the streets of Basra and Najaf, in addition to other southern provinces in order to spread chaos.

The violent acts of the Shiite militias associated with Iran against the demonstrators have resulted in spreading state of fear among protesters and led to the decline of popular protests held in the southern provinces against corruption and lack of basic services.

The activists said that gunmen wearing civilian clothes chased protesters in Basra and Najaf and arrested a number of them, adding that those gunmen are carrying arms that belong to pro-Iranian factions operating within Iran Militia in Iraq and Syria (IMIS).

Well-informed sources revealed that Abadi has received intelligence reports that confirm the involvement of IMIS terrorists in arrest campaigns against activists and protesters.

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