A new generation of protesters is shaking the pillars of power in Iraq


BAGHDAD – Iraq’s unprecedented protest movement, though severely repressed by the authorities, has the advantage of re-drawing attention to the shortcomings of the political process and the corruption of a regime that is beginning to feel the danger of its continuation and contemplating how to save it.

The popular circles are preparing to complete the march of protests until reaching radical solutions, where it is supposed to start popular demonstrations on the 25th of this month in Baghdad and a number of Iraqi provinces to demand better services. In Baghdad and other cities.

Calls and tweets spread through social networks in Iraq to prepare for these demonstrations, while the National Security Council called in an extraordinary session chaired by Prime Minister General Commander of the Armed Forces Adel Abdul Mahdi to speed up the processing of law enforcement forces recently formed by the Iraqi government to confront the demonstrators instead of the army Police used excessive force against demonstrators using live bullets, tear gas, sticks and batons, killing 108 protesters and wounding 6,100 others, including security personnel.

Iraqi politicians and lawmakers say Iraqi President Barham Saleh is on track to deal with popular demonstrations against the political system and corruption, far from plans by Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi.

MP Hoshyar Qardagh (Kurdish), the Iraqi parliament’s rapporteur, said in press statements on Monday that “more than 100 MPs in the Iraqi parliament submitted a request to the Presidency of the Parliament to hold the parliament session during the week instead of next Saturday as there is a large mobilization of demonstrations on the 25th of the month. Present.

He added that “everything the parliament will do in the interest of the Iraqi street and its tendencies to provide services and jobs and improve the economic reality in the country.”

The Iraqi government launched a package of decisions to secure billions of dinars to meet the demands of the demonstrators through grants and loans and solve the problem of unemployment and provide thousands of jobs in the armed forces and security services and in other sectors.

The Iraqi government did not announce the results of investigations conducted by a high committee headed by the Minister of Planning on the violence that accompanied the demonstrations after it had explicitly declared that the security commanders were not ordered to use live bullets to disperse the demonstrators. .

MP Shirwan Mirza, a member of the Iraqi parliament, said, “The parliament is going to vote on a number of resolutions that contribute to calm the Iraqi street and the demonstrators. Urgent.

It was clear that the demonstrations, which began spontaneously earlier this month in Baghdad and spread rapidly in the central and southern provinces, in their bold slogans exceeded the idea of ​​”internal reform” adopted by the Iraqi political system in favor of a broader idea up to the demand to bring down the entire political system.

Sources confirm that Abdul-Mahdi and Halbousi are effectively coordinating all procedural moves aimed at containing the anger of the demonstrators, which is cooled by Saleh, who believes that reform should reach the cornerstones of the political system.

The Arabs

 

جيل جديد من المحتجين يهزّ أركان السلطة في العراق

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