Large demonstrations took place on Tahrir Square, Baghdad, on Tuesday, 25/5. At least one demonstrator was shot dead and many more injured, when security forces opened fire on thecrowd. According to eyewitnesses, members of pro-Iran Shia militias entered the square and were involved in the suppression of the protests. The scenes in the square were reminiscent of the beginning of Iarge scale protests in Iraq in October, 2019. These protests were curtailed by the pandemic and may now be reigniting.
Tuesday’s protests were held to denounce the killing of civil society activist Ihab al-Wazni, in Karbala on May 9th, apparently at the hands of a death squad affiliated with the Shia militias.The protests were organized under the slogan ‘Who killed me?’ and protestors carried pictures of al-Wazni. Mecra’s Baghdad correspondent attended the protests and spoke to demonstrators. The three testimonies below were given by individuals participating in the protests. We include also exclusive video and stills footage taken in Tahrir Square on the day.
Mouri ,worker, age 30, Baghdad.
It’s a very clear demand we have today. There are uncontrolled guns in the hand of the militias, and they are continuing to kill activists in public. We have asked the governor of Karbala to punish the one who killed Ihab AlWazni but this demand has been ignored. They didn’t respond to martyrs families. So, as a result the demonstrations have returned and are increasing…
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