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Sadr calls for a million demonstration against US presence in Iraq


Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr on Tuesday called for a million demonstration to condemn the American presence in Iraq, whose parliament voted last week to end the presence of foreign forces in the country, without specifying a date for the gathering.

Al-Sadr said in a tweet on his Twitter account that “the sky of Iraq, its land and its sovereignty are being violated by the invading forces”, referring to the United States that was assassinated by a plane strike in early January, the influential Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Authority Abu Mahdi The engineer.

In his tweet, Sadr added, “To an Iraqi revolution, neither eastern nor western (…), O Soldiers of God and the Soldiers of the Fatherland, rushed to a united peaceful million demonstration denouncing the American presence and its violations,” without specifying a date for the demonstration.

This call comes as the unprecedented popular protests in Iraq, which started on the first of October last year, continue.

But the street, which resumed its movement days ago, denounces the ruling political class, both in the United States and Iran, especially after Tehran’s response to the assassination of Soleimani, with ballistic missiles from ballistic missiles on Ein al-Assad base that includes American soldiers in western Iraq.

As eyes turn today to Iraq, which has become a stadium between Washington and Tehran, the Iraqis see this as an opportunity to make their voices heard.

The country is in a state of political paralysis since the resignation of the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi, and the political blocs are still unable to agree to find an alternative figure for the prime minister despite the expiration of the constitutional deadlines.

The protesters announced their rejection of the current talk about the possibility of Abdel-Mahdi continuing his duties as head of government until the end of his term.

“As far as the candidacy of Adel Abdul Mahdi is concerned, this matter is popularly rejected. We do not want to recycle waste, we want a prime minister who is satisfied by the people,” Hussein demonstrator Hussein Ali Abdel Hussein said.

In Diwaniya, further south, protesters cut off the highway linking the city with the capital, Baghdad, and the southern governorates, warning the government not to stall their demands.

“We give the government seven days, and if it does not respond to our demands, there will be an escalation,” one of the protesters said.

For more than three months, Iraqis have denounced the ruling political class, whom they accuse of corruption and cronyism.

Violence in demonstrations across the country has resulted in the deaths of some 460 people, the majority of whom are protesters, and more than 25,000 injured. Activists have also been subjected to intimidation campaigns, kidnappings and assassinations in several governorates.


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