BAGHDAD – Protests spiraled out of control and threatened the political process and all those involved in it, prompting Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani to warn that it could reach Najaf and threaten his status as a reference for pro-Iranian parties and guarantor of the continuation of post-2003 Iraq.
This comes at a time when the Iraqi government is implementing a new page of a field plan to empty the Tahrir Square, central Baghdad from the demonstrators, after it has become an icon of the protest movement.
This field plan, aimed at exhausting the protesters, coincides with maneuvers involving major parties to empty the demands of the street from their revolutionary depth.
Iraqi political sources attributed Sistani’s warning that he feared that the next step of the demonstrators, if they did not respond to their demands, led by the reform of the existing political system radically, move to sit-in near his headquarters in the holy city of Najaf, Shiites, according to estimates provided to the Supreme Reference of those close.
The sources said in a statement to the “Arabs” that the protesters sit at the office of Sistani in Najaf, means that they receive full protection from government repression, as it is inconceivable that the security forces to kill protesters near the headquarters of the Shiite Supreme.
The new plan, which came into effect last night, entrusted a special force to pressure the so-called barrier and the Turkish restaurant, which is the front of Tahrir Square overlooking the bridge of the Republic, where the boldest demonstrators, during the hours of the night, which was relatively calm Protesters and riot police exploit him to sleep a little.
The Iraqi government hopes that the new plan will strain the demonstrators, whose numbers are decreasing, with the success of the previous page of the government plan, which is to restore the bridges and squares surrounding the liberation, and open some to passers-by.
This page comes, in the light of informed political sources confirmed that Iraqi parties loyal to Iran, approved an agreement to make formal concessions, including the change of ten ministers in the current government headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi with others outside the political class and the legislation of a new election law.
But the sources of “Arabs” in the city of Najaf, said that the top Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani, refused to bless this plan, or ask the demonstrators to withdraw from the yards of protest accordingly.
According to informed sources, the government prevented the Iraqi Ministry of Health from disclosing any toll of victims of the dissolution of protests by security forces in Baghdad and the provinces.
Activists said the reported figure of 320 dead and nearly 15,000 wounded was not accurate. The death toll may have reached 500, with security authorities insisting on using excessive violence to disperse protesters.
It seems that the protests have united the political class after the sense of danger and is now standing at the line of one project to get rid of the demonstrations in any way possible.
The Iraqi political observer does not rule out that all parties agree to make formal amendments to the current government, so that these amendments do not affect the position of parties in power and if it is necessary to abandon a number of conservatives in the rebellious cities, the government will find a way to compensate their parties in proportion to their loss.
The observer said in a statement to the “Arabs” that the parties combined in the security treatment means to impose a new agenda through which to deal with activists in the next phase, which is exposed by the position of Muqtada al-Sadr, which is dedicated to condemn the US position completely forgetting the hundreds of demonstrators killed in Baghdad And the cities of the south, much like the position of Sistani, who still insists on holding the stick from the center without criticizing violence by the security services.