Signs that Sadr Supporters Will Join Iraq Protesters

Monday, 21 October, 2019 - 07:30
Baghdad - Hamza Mustafa

A tweet by Moqtada al-Sadr was considered as a support to Iraq’s protests and a sign that the Sadrist Movement would take part in anti-government demonstrations, observers said.

In a Tweet posted on his account Sunday, Sadr told demonstrators that they have made the political class live in a state of fear.

Sadr said that the government is unable to achieve reforms.

The political class can’t make any decision without the consent of foreign powers, he said.

He also called on protesters not to stop their peaceful demonstrations.

There are ongoing preparations to resume protests on Friday, one year after the announcement of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s cabinet.

Security expert Fadel Abu Raghif told Asharq Al-Awsat that the results of an investigation into the more than 100 deaths that occurred during demonstrations held in Iraq since Oct. 1, are expected to be released in the coming days.

Top Iraqi Shiite leader Ali al-Sistani had given authorities "two weeks" to release the findings of the probe.

“The government is unable to postpone the release of those findings,” Abu Raghif said, adding that several officers and officials would be held responsible for the deaths of protesters.

Abdul Mahdi announced this month the formation of a high commission of inquiry to fully investigate the incidents that occurred during Iraq’s demonstrations and led to the death of 165 protestors and the injury of thousands, including members of the security forces.

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