US report: Politicians join forces as the momentum of the demonstrations diminish
12:10 - 12/11/2019
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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi politicians are starting to tighten their ranks as the momentum of popular protests in the country since the beginning of October has waned, the Star-Strip newspaper reported on Tuesday.
"As the Iraqi political class crowds and joins its ranks, with the crowds now shrinking and state violence declining, the sorrows of fear are creeping through the protest movement," the newspaper said in a report. “Volunteer paramedics disappeared on their way to Tahrir Square in Baghdad and have not been heard from since.”
`` In dozens of interviews, protesters and paramedics described the presence of intelligence officers and unidentified individuals appearing in tents filled with friends and then taking pictures on their mobile phones and leaving.The activists then showed messages on their phones, advising them to go home or make more threatening threats to them. ''
"Everyone is scared now but we have to stay," said activist Ghaith Mohammed, sitting in a tent for fellow protesters. "Going home is a surrender and it is a risk of being kidnapped by the security forces, so we are here ready to stay and die here for Our rights ”.
"They promise to make changes every time we protest, but it's not a new law or a concession we want," Ali Saleh, a student at Tahrir Square in Baghdad, told the newspaper. It is our rights. It is a fundamental change in the way we govern. ” Finished / 25 z