Iraq: Sadrist movement is growing

The strong mobilization of supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr, Friday, in Baghdad, is a new demonstration of strength of the populist chief.


The raw lumière of the midday sun crushes the place of the celebrations, in the heart of the green zone of Baghdad. The thermometer displays 49 ° C, the heat is stifling. Under the two monumental arches, representing swords, tens of thousands of Iraqis came to testify their fervor and their veneration to Moqtada al-Sadr, the time of weekly prayer, Friday, August 5. In a new demonstration of force to the address of his Shiite rivals, the populist leader summoned the spirit of sacrifice of his supporters to support en masse the “revolution” which he calls for his wishes to end the dead end policy born from the legislative elections of October 2021.

“The parties linked abroad have plunged Iraq into corruption and poverty. (…) Those who do not support reforms will undergo militias, kidnappings, smuggling, normalization [with Israel] and The murders, “warns the imam in his sermon, shortened because of the heat. People passed out. Still valiant, groups of young people leave by singing the praises of their leader and consuming his rivals. “Look at this crowd! All the Iraqis are becoming sadist. Nouri al-Maliki should find a hole where to hide,” swarms a man who presents himself under the nickname “Abu Samir al-Sadri”, threatening the former Prime Minister, bane of Mr. Al-Sadr.

“We came to say to Iran and to the other countries that we will defend our country against their plots, he adds, while he is about to return to Nadjaf, as he received The order of the Sadrist management. We will come back as soon as he asks us to do it. We follow him blindly. “Other supporters return to Parliament, where they have been camping for a week, in turn, to protest against the Decision of the Coordination Executive – A coalition that brings together Shiite militia parties close to Iran and the Dawa party of Mr. Maliki – to appoint Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al -Soudani, which they perceive as “the shadow of Maliki” .

“corrupt politicians”

Many had never entered the assembly before, “the lair of whales” – the corrupt – as they designate, or even in the green zone, the ultra -protégégé district which houses the institutions, if this It was not in 2016, during a previous Sadrist demonstration. “Corrupted politicians live in another dimension. In Parliament, there is air conditioning everywhere, even in the toilet,” laughs Abbas Fadhel, a sympathizer from Kerbala, where he receives, at best, six hours of Public electricity per day and a savory bill to pay for the private generator. Friday, after the prayer, they found the doors of the closed assembly, guarded by members of the Sadrist militia of “peace companies” (Saraya Salam).

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