The -pro-Iranian militias turned mass demonstrations today, Sunday, on the first anniversary of the assassination of the commander of the Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, and the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, into a trial of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, as thousands chanted slogans accusing him of working for the United States and cowardice.
Thousands of Iraqis demonstrated chanting slogans including “ No, No America” and “ Revenge.” In Tahrir Square in central Baghdad, thousands, most of them loyal to the Popular Mobilization Forces, gathered the coalition that includes Shiite factions that have been merged with the security forces, to denounce also Al-Kazemi, who was the director of intelligence When Soleimani and the engineer were killed, who entered into a confrontation with those militias under the rubric of restricting weapons to the hands of the state.
Prominent PMF leaders constantly try to point out that al-Kazemi, who took over in the wake of the unprecedented October protests, is standing by the anti-authority protesters in the interests of the United States.
The -protests appear to be more directed at pressuring the prime minister and preparing for the overthrow of his government, despite the fact that its main address is to send a message to the United States by promising revenge for the killing of Soleimani and the engineer.
Today, the Hezbollah Brigades pledged not to storm the US embassy in central Baghdad. On Sunday, its Secretary General Abu Hussein Al-Hamidawi said, “ On Sunday, the brigades do not intend to enter what he described as the embassy of” evil “during the marches and demonstrations that will be launched by supporters of the Popular Mobilization Forces in conjunction with the first anniversary of the killing of Soleimani and the engineer.
Before that, men, women and children gathered on Saturday and Sunday nights, dressed in black at the site of the attack, where they lit candles to greet their “martyrs” denouncing the “ Great Satan”, in reference to the United States.
“ We tell America and the enemies of Islam that we will continue the resistance despite the bloodshed,” said Batoul al-Najjar, a supporter of the Popular Mobilization Forces, whom the United States accuses of targeting its embassy and soldiers in Iraq with missiles.