After Tahrir Square .. Tahrir Beach, central Baghdad, receives Iraqi revolutionaries
A bank called "Tahrir Beach", which extends for about half a kilometer on the Tigris River, near the Tahrir Square in the heart of Baghdad, is witnessing artistic, sports and recreational activities organized by the youth of the Iraqi Revolution.
This beach, which is located on the eastern side of the Tigris River, extends between the bridges of Al-Sink and the Republic, and security forces are deployed, which cut the two bridges leading to the heavily fortified Green Zone.
It extends close to the place, Al-Rashid Street, which includes old Baghdad houses built in a way known as "Al-Shanashil", from which embroidered wooden balconies come out, reminiscent of the glories of old [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] .
On the same street, modern buildings distort its ancient look, and concrete barriers are placed here and there, but they are covered with drawings that tell the dreams and demands of the protesters.
The three-wheeled "tuk tuk" carriages move uninterrupted, in red and yellow colors, which have become an icon of demonstrations for their service to the demonstrators, after they were used to travel only in the slums of Baghdad.
On the same bank, tombs covered in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] flags were placed around artificial flowers, and a blood-stained shirt recalled the "martyrs" who had fallen during the protests. Pictures of some of them were raised on tents sheltered by protesters at night.
The demonstrators say, our leaders (politicians) deprived us of everything: our rights, our money and our dignity ... Simply here we discover the taste of freedom, "on the sidelines of demanding protests that started more than two months ago and call for" the overthrow of the regime. "
These young protesters are scattered on this bank near Tahrir Square, which is the main "bastion" of the protests in Iraq.
"This is the place where we find the magic of the beginning of the protests," a protester described the place.
"The mobilization is less (today), the heads have changed and the militia and spies have penetrated among the demonstrators," he said, noting the growing influence of supporters of the current Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr.
The crackdown on protesters left more than 460 martyrs and nearly 20,000 wounded.
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