Iraqi demonstrators: Muqtada al-Sadr betrayed us


Source: Dubai –

On Saturday, Iraqi protesters considered that the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, had betrayed them. In a strongly-worded statement against the Iraqi Shiite leader, the coordinating committee for the demonstrations considered that he had betrayed the “Liberals” in reference to the demonstrators.

The committee also affirmed that “the Iraqi demonstrators did not go out to the arenas with a religious fatwa or a pectoral tweet”, calling on Sadr not to bet that his protesters ran out of patience.

Meanwhile, the coordination committee accused the Sadrist movement of riding the movement’s wave and trying to exploit it. She emphasized that the demonstrators remained in the squares until the demands were fulfilled, stressing that “they will not be a paper on the political trading table as Sadr did,” according to the statement.

The coordination noted that “the abandonment of Sadr and his betrayal of the demonstrators will cost the presidency of the next government, according to what Iran promised.

It is noteworthy that the statement came hours after the powerful Shiite cleric withdrew his support for the movement, which prompted his followers to pack their belongings and leave the protest camps.

In a Friday evening tweet, Sadr indicated his disappointment with anti-government protesters in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, the center of protests.
His tweet came just hours after tens of thousands of his followers organized a separate anti-American rally in a neighborhood of neighboring Baghdad, from which most of the protesters in the square had moved away.

From Baghdad (January 25 - AFP)
From Baghdad (January 25 – AFP)
Confrontations and tear gas

And later, Clashes flared in the Iraqi capital And some southern cities, where the security forces deliberately removed the sit-in tents, injuring dozens.

The security forces fired tear gas in the Al-Khilani square in central Baghdad, which resulted in 14 cases of suffocation, according to Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath reporter.

It is noteworthy that Iraq has been witnessing since October 1 demonstrations against government corruption, high unemployment and Iranian influence in Iraqi politics, and later turned to the demand for an independent government away from the parties, and the holding of early parliamentary elections.

Violent stations were marred by those demonstrations, as security forces’ crackdowns killed at least 500 protesters.


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