Iraq: Protesters shot dead after tearing pictures of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis in Kut

Gunmen opened fire on peaceful demonstrators who tried to prevent a celebration commemorating the assassination of the former commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Qassem Soleimani, and tore his pictures in the center of the city of Kut in southern Iraq, wounding at least two demonstrators.

Supporters of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization militia, which includes armed factions loyal to Iran, held multiple celebrations over the past week in memory of Soleimani and the former leader of the crowd, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the most prominent of which was a demonstration in Baghdad last week, in which thousands participated, in which leaders of the “crowd” demanded the withdrawal of Foreign forces are full of the country. An Iraqi security source, who preferred not to be identified, told AFP that “armed factions planned to hold a celebration in memory of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis, but about 150 to 200 protesters gathered in the celebration square in the city center, and stormed the place of the celebration that was about to start.” , to prevent its contract and they tore up the pictures of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis.” In response, according to the same source, “one of the armed factions deliberately opened fire on the demonstrators, and two were wounded.”

On the other hand, the leader of the Sadrist movement in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, stressed that there is no place for sectarianism, ethnicity, militias or corruption in the next national majority government in the country. Al-Sadr said, in tweets on Twitter yesterday, “Everyone will defend the rights of minorities, Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds in a national majority government.” Al-Sadr’s statements, who has a majority in the new parliament with 73 seats, came one day before the first session of the new parliament was held today, after the parliamentary elections that took place on October 10.

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