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1 hour ago, Butifldrm said:

they chanted `` Iran Libra Libra Libra ... Free Baghdad ''

 

1 hour ago, Butifldrm said:

The chants of protesters who had flocked to Baghdad's Tahrir Square since last night seemed to upset some masked elements in black, prompting them to fire live ammunition.

 

Who didn't see that coming?

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Mahdi and the rest of the GOI are just greedy, blind and ignorant. The Iraq people want dignity, jobs, water and electricity. They deserve the monies they are owed by the HCL that was passed back in 2007. They want immediate prosecution of all those corrupt officials that have stolen from the people, and return of that money. What does Mahdi go on TV and promise them?? Reduced salaries of gov officials, amended election laws, more committees. What a bunch of political BS. Power to the people, go protesters. Time to ramp things up.

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1 hour ago, Butifldrm said:

 

Boots on the ground reporting as usual from Al-Jazeera.

 

This is actually a very informative video. The woman explains the situation in detail.

 

Thanks for this.

 

If anyone's wanting economic and REAL political change, there needs to be tangible upheaval in Iraq.

 

Thanks, Butifldrm.

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2 hours ago, yota691 said:

Iraqi Prime Minister reveals cabinet reshuffle within days

Iraqi Prime Minister reveals cabinet reshuffle within days
Adel Abdul Mahdi, Prime Minister of Iraq
 25 October 2019 02:46 PM

Mubasher: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said his government is working to protect protesters and public and private property.

In a televised address on Thursday evening, the Iraqi prime minister said: "Next week, we will reshuffle the minister from the concepts of quotas, but focus on the competencies and the formation of a court to deal with corruption and disclose the inflation of officials' money through the settlement of salaries.

Abdul Mahdi said that next week will also see "the formation of the Council for Reconstruction and Oil and Gas Law and the formation of the Federal Service Council, and reduce the salaries of Iraqi presidencies and ministers and deputies, special grades and deputy ministers and even the fourth degree to half."

The Prime Minister of Iraq, that "will be amended the election law and the restructuring of the High Electoral Commission."

Abdul-Mahdi said that Iraq is facing a systemic crisis and "the Iraqi people realized it and the main task before us is to ensure freedoms, security and stability, and secure jobs."

They stressed that "we must build a modern state, a state of citizens, not the state responsible and we affirm the right to express opinion and protect the media and that the call to overthrow the government is a legitimate right in accordance with the Constitution."

 

Sounds like the same patronizing rhetoric from the Iranian puppet PM Abdul-Mahdi.

Stall, delay, form a committee, discuss this, discuss that, this excuse and that excuse. Never ending circuitous  :bs:

I'll believe it when I see it ...................

 

Semper Fi:salute:

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5 minutes ago, Hotcurl said:

 

Sounds like the same patronizing rhetoric from the Iranian puppet PM Abdul-Mahdi.

Stall, delay, form a committee, discuss this, discuss that, this excuse and that excuse. Never ending circuitous  :bs:

I'll believe it when I see it ...................

 

Semper Fi:salute:

Ur rite mate.. week after week of BS on reshuffle the cabinet but yet nothing happen.. just talk the cock.. 

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9 minutes ago, Hotcurl said:

 

Sounds like the same patronizing rhetoric from the Iranian puppet PM Abdul-Mahdi.

Stall, delay, form a committee, discuss this, discuss that, this excuse and that excuse. Never ending circuitous  :bs:

I'll believe it when I see it ...................

 

Semper Fi:salute:

 

Throw'em a bone....that will settle them down.  Agreed....same ole :bs:

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Iraqi protests resume in Baghdad; 2 reported dead, at least 350 injured

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Iraqi protests resume in Baghdad; 2 reported dead, at least 350 injured
Iraqi security forces are seen during a protest in Baghdad over corruption, poor public services, and a lack of job opportunities on Oct. 25, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Khalid al-Mousily)
 

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Thousands of people marched towards the Iraqi capital’s fortified Green Zone on Friday in the latest day of anti-government protests that have so far led to the death of at least one demonstrator and injury to 350 others, despite officials' promises that security forces would "protect" civilians.

Riot police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protesters as they approached the secured part of Baghdad that houses multiple government offices, politicians' residences, and diplomatic missions are located. Reuters cited Iraqi police and medical sources as reporting that the protester had died after being struck in the face by a tear gas canister and that over 350 had been wounded.

Earlier in the day, a member of the High Commission for Human Rights in Iraq claimed that there had been two deaths, with 67 individuals on both sides injured and 109 cases of asphyxiation due to the use of tear gas. On Monday, the body called on the federal government to fulfill previous promises it has made to protestors and implement a recent reform package. 

Read More: Iraq’s human rights commission calls on Baghdad to fulfill promises to protesters 

A wave of violent, nationwide protests began earlier this month. Security forces cracked down on protesters, with many accusing them of using excessive force and gunfire to prevent the protests from spreading, leading to the deaths of at least 140 and thousands more injured. 

Iranian-backed Shia militias, known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), were also alleged to have deployed snipers to target protesters. Tehran is a major stakeholder in the Iraqi government and supports multiple political factions, most notably the political wings of PMF militias. 

After a week of unrest in early October, crowds died down temporarily but organizers promised to take to the streets again on Friday, demanding meaningful reform, an end to rampant corruption, and the facilitation of increased employment for the general population. The Iraqi government has said it was struggling to meet protesters' "legitimate" demands and promised to prosecute security leaders responsible for deaths and injuries among them. 

Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi offered purportedly sweeping programs of reform and a cabinet shuffle in attempts to assuage public anger. Protesters, however, were largely undeterred, seeing the promises insufficient to solve Iraq’s chronic corruption that has led to the institutional waste of the country’s large wealth of natural resources.

On Saturday, firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr expressed support for the national protests, saying that the political class has been unable to address the people’s dire situation. 

Read More: ‘It's too late:’ Populist Iraqi cleric Sadr sides with protesters

“All the politicians and the government are living in horror and hysteria from the people’s rise,” Sadr said in his statement, adding, “All of them are trying to remedy their situation, but they have not and will not be able to do so. It's too late.” 

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Friday's death toll in Iraqi protests surges to 27; Curfew imposed in 7 provinces

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https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/42cc5c60-2ee7-4443-ae05-744e916d37a6

 

Friday's death toll in Iraqi protests surges to 27; Curfew imposed in 7 provinces
Iraqi security forces are seen during a protest in Baghdad over institutional corruption, poor public services, and a lack of job opportunities, Oct. 25, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani)
 

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Seven Iraqi provinces have imposed curfews on Friday evening "until further notice," as violence-ridden, anti-corruption demonstrations continued through the night across the nation, reportedly resulting in the deaths of at least 25 protesters.

The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights—which operates under the national parliament—said in an evening statement that 21 demonstrators had been killed in clashes between civilians and the security forces or guards at political offices, many of which are government-paid police. They announced that had 1,779 had been injured as well. Reuters later cited local security sources saying that the number had risen to 27.

According to the figures released, the largest number of casualties occurred in Baghdad, where at least eight protesters were killed and close to 1,500 had been injured. In both Maysan and Dhi Qar provinces, six were reported killed, one in Muthanna province, and three in Basra. This adds up to a total of 24; the discrepancy may signify there were three deaths among security forces being counted, but this was not specified.

In Baghdad, riot police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protesters as they approached the secured part of Baghdad that houses multiple government offices, politicians' residences, and diplomatic missions are located.

Read More: Iraqi protests resume in Baghdad; 2 reported dead, at least 350 injured 

A grizzly photo with smoke flowing from the face and back of the head of what appears to be a lifeless male has been widely circulated on social media. Organizers claim it is the result of a tear gas canister being fired directly at a protester in Baghdad. Earlier in the day, Reuters said that Iraqi police and medical sources told them that one fatality resulted from a man being struck in the face by a tear gas canister.

Local governments of Basra, Wasit, Dhi Qar, Maysan, Diwaniyah, Babil, and Muthanna provinces announced they would be enforcing curfews, a security source told Kurdistan 24. In a number of these provinces, demonstrators reportedly torched government buildings and several political party offices, also shown on Iraqi social media.

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A photograph circulated on social media purports to show a political party office being burned by protesters in the southern city of Samawa, Oct. 25, 2019. (Photo: Social Media)

Friday's turmoil came after several days of calm that followed a week-long wave of deadly protests, leading to the deaths of at least 140 and thousands more injured. Security forces cracked down as crowds took to the streets, with many accusing them of using excessive force and gunfire to prevent the protests from spreading, including international human rights observers. 

Read More: Amnesty: Iraqi forces' brutality against protesters 'outrageous’

Iranian-backed Shia militias, known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), were also alleged to have deployed snipers to target protesters, some of whom had already fled the protest areas.

In the days following the first wave of protests, Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi attempted to calm demonstrators with promises of reform and a cabinet shuffle. 

Read More: Iraq PM says committed to reform, will reveal deadly protest inquiry results 'soon'  

So far, such moves have failed to quell the anger of the public, which continues to call for a complete governmental overhaul amid shortages of public services, high rates of unemployment, and chronic institutional corruption. 

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What would trigger the rv? we ask ourselves. These strong demonstrations are crucial to the well being of Iraqis . They finally were up to their eyeballs with all the curruption and other feces . The answer was so simple all along . 

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41 minutes ago, yota691 said:

 

Member of riot police breaks down in tears with protesters. 
#IraqProtests #IraqXXV 

https://t.co/bpHJpVXxDZ

If the police can band with the citizens and maybe parts of their army then the GOI members don't stand a chance.  If they're smart they better be planning their escape route now.

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The Iraqi military and police ,brother fighting brother ,son fighting father ,mother fighting daughter ? Ain't gonna happen .

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At least 40 killed and dozens injured in Baghdad amid protests sweeping Iraq

 

Demonstration against corruption and economic hardship was met with rubber bullets and teargas by police

 

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in Baghdad and agencies

Fri 25 Oct 2019 15.51 BST

 

 

Vid

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/25/protesters-killed-and-dozens-injured-in-baghdad-amid-protests-sweeping-iraq

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No signs of political stability.

 

Not good for Iraq and its people 

Not good for investors 

Not good for changes in monetary policy 

 

Our wait continues.!

 

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Our wait continues , but for the first time our investment is powered by the only thing , the public demonstations , that will make it happen.I was happy to sere that women have joined the demonstations . As usual ,most of the demonstators appear to be young males . Is this a force of nature ?

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1 hour ago, Laid Back said:

No signs of political stability.

 

Not good for Iraq and its people 

Not good for investors 

Not good for changes in monetary policy 

 

Our wait continues.!

 

The prophetic word from kim Clement said that all this chaos over there would happen before the rv

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The corrupt must be so proud of the stink hole they have created sorry to be negative , i struggle with the mentality of it all and just the lack on every level in society the citizens endure most just want to be happy and free with a government that serves its people   ...

cheers dver's

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2 hours ago, dinarham said:

The Iraqi military and police ,brother fighting brother ,son fighting father ,mother fighting daughter ? Ain't gonna happen .

Correct.  I never thought of that.  Jesus help the Iraqi souls.

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8 minutes ago, mannie2g said:

The prophetic word from kim Clement said that all this chaos over there would happen before the rv

Thanks for your input,

Many things have to happen before the RV.

 

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1 hour ago, Laid Back said:

No signs of political stability.

 

Not good for Iraq and its people 

Not good for investors 

Not good for changes in monetary policy 

 

Our wait continues.!

 

 

Can't take exception with anything here......+1

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In the past . There was Great stealing, huge corruption,  suicide bombers . Painful carnage of People, Woman and Children going about their daily lives showing a testament of Desire for Freedom . Those who could afford to anyway . Everyone has waited for those Children to grown up and not be pacified while Iran robs them blind of their futures. If this were Tunisia , Egypt , Libya it might be called" Arab Spring "were the youth and the people stood up for their rights and removed their oppressors. The birth of a free nation is always painful . In the end ? A Nation has its Freedom . Not to ignore the violence and painful loss of life . I think they are winning . And Iran will lose greatly without Iraq to steal from . This point in time may have been what the free world has waited for when it comes to putting an end to Iran's evil.

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Saturday، 26 October 2019 01:22 AM

Day’s death toll rises to 42 in Iraq anti-government protests

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https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/Story/44480/Day-s-death-toll-rises-to-42-in-Iraq-anti-government-protests

 

Renewed anti-government protests across Iraq left more than 40 people dead on Friday through tear gas, live rounds and fires, a watchdog and security sources told AFP.

The protests represent a second phase of a week-long movement in early October that ended with more than 150 people dead.

Rallies had resumed on Friday, with a range of actors from Iraq’s highest Shiite authority to the United Nations urging restraint.

 

They began early and calm on Thursday evening, with protesters exchanging flowers with security forces and the interior minister insisting police would “protect” protesters.

But by Friday evening, demonstrations across the country had descended into violence that left 42 protesters dead — at least half of them as they attacked the headquarters of armed factions or government bodies.

 

Twelve died in the southern city of Diwaniyah alone, while setting fire to the headquarters of the powerful Iran-backed Badr organization, part of the Popular Mobilization Force paramilitary, security sources told AFP.

 

Another 30 came in a toll compiled by the Iraqi Human Rights Commission, which did not include the Diwaniyah dead.

The national rights watchdog said the 30 were killed by gunshots or tear gas canisters in the capital and four southern provinces.

Several died while trying to storm the offices of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, another Iran-backed armed faction, in two southern cities.

Parliament is scheduled to meet on Saturday to discuss the protests further.

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