Politics & Economics

Tribes in Dhi Qar Stress Peacefulness of the Protests

Iraq

The tribes in Dhi Qar, southern Iraq, have confirmed their commitment to the call made by the Marjaiyyah to keep the protests peaceful.

Tribal figures in the southern Iraq city of Dhi Qar gathered to express their commitment to keeping the protests peaceful and preventing the exacerbation of chaos and violence. This comes after the Shia Marjaiyyah called for an end to violence.

“We support peaceful demonstrations and condemn all vandalism of public property. We are with the religious authority and support it”, noted Abu Ali al-Hajjami, a civil activist.

They joined under the slogan of “the country belongs to all and its preservation is everyone’s duty”, in a show of unity and peaceful solidarity with the ongoing situation in the Iraq capital Baghdad and the southern regions of the country, where the protests are mostly concentrated. The initiative was organised under the auspices of the Neda al-Kheyr Association.

“Through this conference and others throughout Iraq, Iraq will remain united and move towards proper construction and true democracy”, mentioned another participant at the gathering.

In the most recent developments in the protests in southern Iraq, demonstrators took over the entrance to the Umm Qasr Port in Basra, in an attempt to cause disruptions to the economy and send a message to politicians who have been benefiting economically at the expense of the populace. Demonstrators also reported blocked roads leading to oil fields.

These disturbances and others over the past few days since the renewed outbreak of protests on 25 October have led to clashes between the protesters and the security forces. Hundreds of people are known to have been killed as a result.

The Iraq Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi has attempted to bring calm back to Baghdad and the southern regions by calling for schools, shops and other institutions to re-open and work as usual, in order to bring back an air of normalcy.

Despite these calls from various sides, the protests are continuing and fresh clashes are being reported each day.