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Protests spread across Iraq

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2337

Iraq is seeing its biggest protests in years.

For almost a month, thousands have taken to the streets against the corruption, nepotism and sectarianism of Nouri al-Maliki’s Western-backed government.

The US and Britain’s occupation led to the deaths of a million Iraqis and displaced millions more inside and outside the country.

Today’s protests are against cronyism, and lack of democracy.

They are against sectarianism, a division that foreign forces and their Iraqi puppets have sought to foster.

The protests may be taking place in a predominantly Sunni area. But they are not exclusively Sunni protests.

Cities have sent delegations—including delegations of Kurdish protesters—and Shia Muslim leaders have given their support to the movement.

The demands of the protesters include that government officials, military forces and police must face justice for their crimes. They are also demanding an end to sectarianism in all its forms.

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Tue 22 Jan 2013, 17:05 GMT
Issue No. 2337
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