Daniel Halliday
Oct 7 · Last update 14 days ago.

What do protestors in Iraq want?

On-going protests in Iraq have recently ramped up as the police have begun to use live rounds on protesters and the death toll has risen to around 100. As the movement grows stronger and looks set to continue let’s consider, what is causing the protests in Iraq, what do the protestors wish to achieve?
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Part of Arab spring 2.0
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End of corruption/better economic conditions
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Part of Arab spring 2.0

From 2018 until present a new wave of anti-government protests have taken hold in majority Arab countries across the Middle East, to the extent that many media commentators are describing this pattern as a New Arab Spring. Tunisia, Jordan, Sudan, Algeria, Egypt, Gaza, Lebanon and Iraq have all engaged in civil disobedience to varying levels of success, with the Iraq government being particularly slow to act repression of protests has been harsh and violent. There is a feeling of unfinished business in many of the New Arab Spring protests, but this is of extra poignancy in Iraq, a country that was still in a state of war in the original Arab Spring movement, and a country who’s people have suffered for so long under unthinkable conditions.

lobelog.com/iraqs-arab-spring bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50219821 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018%E2%80%9319_Arab_protests

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Step down of the president

While protests may have been started by Iraqi’s that lack access to basic amenities, calls have gradually widened to demands that the government step down. This is even in light of some initial government support for protesters, but as government security forces have become increasingly violent protesters and Opposition cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have become increasingly vocal. The death toll is currently at 110 following riot police using live rounds and tear gas to disperse protestors, and accusations of security forces resorting to rooftop sniper fire against protesters indicates further the complete lack of governing credibility.

republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/iraq-protesters-in-baghdad-demand-change-in-government-110-killed.html

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End of corruption/better economic conditions

Underlying the Iraqi protests are deep levels of poverty and a failure of government to keep promises to improve conditions for Iraqi citizens, such widespread issues have led to nationwide unrest as protests become increasingly violent. Protestors are angry at high levels of unemployment and corruption and a lack of public services, with large areas of major cities without electricity or running water, conditions are so bad that even the Prime Minister has called the protestors righteous. Curfews have now been put into place and military units placed on high alert as the situation continues to escalate, but with a 20% youth unemployment rate it doesn’t look like protests will conclude until something changes, government or living conditions.

aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/iraqi-police-open-fire-day-protests-hit-baghdad-191002120630933.html edition.cnn.com/2019/10/03/middleeast/iraq-economic-protests-intl/index.html

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A whole new political system/landscape

The failure to build an adequate political system after a mismanaged occupation, that followed an illegal war, that ended a brutal dictatorship has fueled apathy in Iraq and has led to protests that don't want reform, but a real change in the structure of governance. Iraq has been through an unimaginable amount of suffering to end up under a new regime of corruption and oppression, this is leading to deep anger that goes far beyond what protestors are demanding in other countries internationally. Iraqis now need a whole new chapter, a whole new system not built on the same lies that have destroyed, oppressed and displaced generations of people.

theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/12/anti-war-protesters-iraq-invasion-bloody-chaos aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/iraq-protests-latest-updates-191004085506824.html

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