Iraq: demonstrators demand Iran eviction

May 02
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Iraqis breaching the Green Zone in protest to the halt in the political process
Iraqis breaching the Green Zone in protest to the halt in the political process

By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Sunday, 2 May 2016

Ján Kubiš, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq visited Tehran yesterday, according to Iran’s state IRNA news agency.

In recent days we have witnessed numerous political problems in Iraq that the Islamic Republic of Iran has gone to great lengths to resolve this matter, and we in the United Nations have also put in much effort in this regard, he said.

If IRNA's report is correct and has not misquoted the United Nations Special Representative about Iranian regime's role in Iraq, surely Iraqi people will call for his expulsion from Iraq too. Al Jazeera TV aired footage on Sunday of thousands of Iraqis gathering in Baghdad’s Green Zone chanting slogans against the Iranian regime and terrorist Quds Force chief Qassem Suleimani. The protesters were chanting, “Iran, out, out” and demanding the Iranian regime be evicted from their country. Iranian regime is behind corruption and factional terrorist groups in the country.

These demonstrators were the same angry crowd who on Saturday demanded all corrupt individuals be prosecuted and true reforms implemented across Iraq.

The Iraqi people, both Shiite and Sunni, are very concerned over the Iranian regime’s support and arming of terrorist Shiite militias and death squads. These groups have currently besieged the city of Falluja in Anbar Province, west of Baghdad, forcing this city’s population – mainly Sunni – to suffer from severe hunger.

Al Tagheer TV of Iraq reported: Iran’s airliners have suspended their flights to Baghdad. Iran, aware of the Iraqi people’s anger over its meddling in this country, is attempting to decrease or cloak its presence in Iraq.

Voice of America posted a piece on its website:

Shiite protesters led by Muqtada Sadr on Sunday beefed up their presence in roads leading to the Iraqi Parliament, which is currently empty of any MPs. Lawmakers on Saturday evacuated the facility after protesters stormed the parliament building. Around 60 MPs, mostly Kurds and Sunnis, left Baghdad for Erbil and Suleymaniya in northern Iran. A parliamentary official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity while concerned about reactions from the protesters, told VOA the situation on the ground in Baghdad was considered dangerous for the MPs. A number of the lawmakers were beaten by the protesters, he said.

Thousands of protesters maintained their presence on Sunday in Iraq’s international area, where many government buildings and foreign embassies are located, and maintained under intense security measures, this parliamentary official added. Usually people who have special ID cards can only enter this vicinity, he added.

The protesters are able to attack any embassy or institute they wish in this area, the official added. Sadr apparently is seeking to have these protesters maintain control over the Baghdad international area to force the government to act based on his demands, the official continued.

Sadr is demanding the presence of technocrats in Iraq’s government, saying he will be fighting grant and corruption in the government. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who had promised reforms, has not been able to implement much change to this day. He visited the parliament building on Sunday after it was damaged by protesters and ordered the Interior Minister to bring the attackers before justice.

Shiite powers rivaling Sadr in Baghdad are unhappy about his attempts to seize power, and members of the Badr Shiite militia – enjoying close relations with Iran – are closing in on the capital, one senior Iraqi military official told the VOA.

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