Social network users post videos and photos of citizens who continue to protest against corruption in their country and Iran’s interference in internal affairs.
“Jan 20 – Baghdad, #Iraq. Al Tayaran Square. Security forces are firing tear gas into crowds of demonstrators,” human rights defender Heshmat Alavi posted a tweet that includes a video of the repression against citizens.
“Thousands of Iraqis in various cities are continuing protests against government corruption & #Iran’s meddling in their country,” concludes Alavi, who published several videos about the chaotic situation.
Jan 20 – Baghdad, #Iraq
Al Tayaran Square
Security forces are firing tear gas into crowds of demonstrators. Thousands of Iraqis in various cities are continuing protests against government corruption & #Iran's meddling in their country.#IraqProtests pic.twitter.com/Svo7deNrCH
— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) January 20, 2020
The most recent wave of protests erupted on Oct. 1 with a leaderless uprising in Iraq.
This time thousands of people took to the streets in Baghdad and the predominantly Shiite south of the country, denouncing corruption, poor services,
and lack of jobs among other complaints.
Likewise, the same user reports that there were 3 dead and 40 injured in Baghdad only on Jan. 20, while in most cities in Iraq protests were expanding.
On Jan. 6, the organization Iran Human Rights Monitor (HRM) published its annual report for 2019, in which it highlights the brutal repression against Iranian society.
The organization denounced that “beset by a series of economic, social and political crises, the clerical regime has tried to curb latent social discontent through the use of brute force.”
Among its tactics of oppression, the regime applies intimidation, harassment, arrest, and imprisonment against the population that demonstrates against the irregularities in the country.
Among the usual victims are human rights defenders, inhabitants of minority communities, and professionals such as lawyers, journalists, labor rights activists, and teachers, as well as women.
HRM also reported that more than 12,000 people were arrested on Nov. 15, and at least 1,500 protesters were killed by state security forces during the protests. There were also 4,000 injured.
In 2017 alone, nearly 500 executions were reported, according to the U.N. Human Rights Council report.
“Iran is the leading state in the number of executions per capita. Iran also tops the charts in the number of executions of minors and juvenile offenders,” the HRM said.
The population rejects Iran’s interference in the country. In fact, the death of Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. bombing, was celebrated in Iraq, according to videos presented on the networks.