The leaders of Iraqi armed militias close to Iran on Saturday promised “revenge”, the day after bloody night attacks on their headquarters in the south of the country, at a time when the political system controlled by militias and religious parties in a state of extreme confusion.
On Friday evening, protesters set fire to southern Iraq headquarters of political parties and officials, especially armed militias under the banner of the Popular Mobilization Forces. Demonstrators tried to storm a headquarters of the “Asaib Ahl al-Haq” in the city of Amara, before setting it on fire. The attack killed one of the gang leaders.
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Video posted on the Internet showed that Wissam al-Alawi was taken with an ambulance and the demonstrators followed him to attack him and his brother, who tried to stop them from approaching. The two brothers later died.
During the funeral of Al-Alawi and his brother in Baghdad on Saturday, the leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq Qais al-Khazali said that the killing of Al-Alawi is “the biggest proof of the project of sedition (…) and the size of the plot targeting us.”
Hadi al-Ameri, leader of the Badr Organization, its headquarters in the south of the country burned, said that “Iraq is going through a great sedition,” accusing Israel and the United States, saying that the two countries want “not to stabilize Iraq, instead dragging it into sedition and chaos.”
This coincides with a government tendency to entrench the idea of the “hungry revolution”, while talking about the demands of the protest, in an attempt to obscure the central demand of thousands of demonstrators in Baghdad and the provinces, the overthrow of the entire political system, and start new arrangements, excluding all elements of the ruling class.
The official version insists that regional and Western embassies in Baghdad formed teams of Iraqi activists to organize the current protests, pushing for the overthrow of the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.
Those close to Abdul-Mahdi say Washington believes the Iraqi government is too close to Iran, so it is moving to topple it, backed by Israeli-Saudi-Emirati supporters, while protesters are mocking the “conspiracy” the Iraqi authorities are trying to market.
Activists in Baghdad say the government and its pro-Iranian parties have mobilized crowds of defenders in the media to promote the idea that an external agenda targets Shiite rule in Iraq through demonstrations, with accusations that supporters of the protest movement are Baathists or receiving instructions and funds from foreign embassies.
Iraqi activists were surprised by the government’s preoccupation with searching for “fake conspiracy” tools, rather than listening to the voice of the street and carrying out its demands.
But the demonstrations in Baghdad, Friday and Saturday, were almost entirely different from events in cities in southern Iraq, where armed groups belonging to the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, moved against a wide range of local opponents, such as the movement of Asaib Ahl al-Haq and supporters of the leader of the rule of law Nuri al-Maliki Saraya al-Khurasani, and others, where party headquarters were burned.
While the protests continued on Saturday in Baghdad and the provinces, several locations turned to open sit-ins demanding regime change.
Political sources in Baghdad, said that “a large number of members of the Iraqi parliament left the capital Baghdad with their families, for fear of storming their homes by protesters.”
Authorities evacuated parliament buildings, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers and some vital ministries in the Green Zone of staff and important documents on Saturday, and asked employees to wait for an official announcement on their stay on state television.