Baghdad: US backed rally urges authorities to execute Saddam

Published July 15th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

At least 1,000 people calling for the execution of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein on Thursday paraded through central Baghdad, displaying posters of relatives killed during his years in power.  


"Death to Saddam, death to the Baath party", they chanted as they marched down a main road in the Iraqi capital followed by others in trucks, AFP reported.  


Brandishing posters of executed loved ones and holding banners proclaiming "Our goals are peace and freedom", the protesters gathered around central al-Tahreer square.  


"No no Baath party! Yes yes Iraq !" they chanted.  


Organized by a group of political parties including the Iraqi National Congress of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, the protesters demanded the death sentence for Saddam and warned any foreign lawyers planning to come to Iraq to defend him to stay away.  


Ziad Hidaya al-Mussawi, a member of the homeland party of the independence of Islam, which also helped to arrange the rally, said that at least 3,000 protesters participated. (

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