Is Iraq Approaching a New Wave of Protests?

Published May 11th, 2021 - 08:28 GMT
Karabala protest
Ihab Al-Wazni was killed by unidentified militants earlier this week. (Twitter: @Mahmood_Press)

Last Sunday, hundreds of Iraqis took to the streets of Karbala city near Baghdad mourning the death of activist and journalist Ihab Al-Wazni.

Despite police reports that protests have calmed in Karbala since Sunday, online Iraqi users have been heavily tweeting in demand of justice of Al-Wazni and dozens of Iraqi activists who have been killed over the last year and a half.

Using the hashtags #لاتعلنوا_الحداد_اعلنوا_الثوره (Don't announce mourning but revolution), Iraqi social media users have been calling on each other to organize major protests, to target government's lack of accountability following crimes similar to that in which Ihab Al-Wazni was killed.

Moreover, many online voices have remembered Iraq's October 2019 anti-government protests which were interrupted by the outbreak of COVID-19, saying that "it is time for Iraqis to continue their revolution against corruption."

For several months now, assignations targeting Iraqi journalists and political activists have been growing, which has been fueling the Iraqi public against the government which has already been accused of bad governance.

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