In Iraq, the Sadrist movement is gaining momentum

The harsh midday sun crushes the festive plaza in the heart of Baghdad’s Green Zone. The thermometer reads 49 degrees Celsius, and the temperature is stifling. Under the two huge arcs representing swords, tens of thousands of Iraqis came to show their enthusiasm and reverence for Muqtada al-Sadr, the time of the weekly prayer, Friday 5 August. In another show of force against his Shiite rivals, the populist leader summoned the spirit of sacrifice from his supporters to support ” Revolution “ He called for an end to the political deadlock resulting from the legislative elections in October 2021.

The parties linked abroad have plunged Iraq into the clutches of corruption and poverty. (…) Those who do not support reforms will suffer from militias, kidnappings, smuggling and normalization [avec Israël] and murders, The imam warns in his sermon, from cutting because of the heat. People fainted. Groups of still brave young men leave, singing the praises of their leader and mocking his rivals. “Look at that crowd! All Iraqis became Sadrists. Nouri al-Maliki has to find a hole to hide in.”shouts a man who introduces himself as “Abu Samir al-Sadr”, threatening the former prime minister, an angry pet of Mr. al-Sadr.

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We came to tell Iran and the other countries that we will defend our country against their plots, He adds as he prepares to return to Najaf as ordered by the Sadrist leadership. We will return as soon as we are asked. We follow it blindly. » Other supporters return to Parliament, where they camp for a week, in turn, to protest the decision of the Coordination Framework – an alliance of Shiite militia parties close to Iran and Mr. Maliki’s Dawa Party – to appoint Muhammad Shia al-Sudani as prime minister in their view. Al-Maliki’s shadow.

“Corrupt Politicians”

Not many have entered the assembly before, “Whale’s den” – The corrupt – as they call it, not even in the Green Zone, the heavily guarded neighborhood that houses the institutions, if not in 2016, during the previous Sadr demonstration. Corrupt politicians live in another dimension. In Parliament, there are air conditioners everywhere, even in the bathrooms.” Abbas Fadel, a Karbala supporter, laughs, receiving, at best, six hours of public electricity a day and a huge bill to pay for a private generator. And after Friday prayers, they found the doors of the association closed, guarded by elements of the Sadrist militia of the “Saraya al-Salam” (Saraya al-Salam).

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