Human Rights

Photography exhibition in memory of those killed in Tahrir Square

Iraq

A photography exhibition held in Umma Park in Tahrir Square commemorates the victims of the Iraqi protests continuing since early October.

Photographs of people who have fallen victim to the clashes between security forces and protesters in Tahrir Square are being presented in the square’s Umma Park by activists who are commemorating their deaths.

“We are a group of young people and when we saw this disaster and tragedy due to the large number of martyrs from the beginning of the month we held this exhibition on the 25th. We posted it on Facebook and within days, the families of the martyrs brought the photos. The goal is to publish and document these cases”, noted an activist presenting the photographs at Umma Park.

Art has been used as a means to depict the events and incidents that have taken place over the course of the protests. Aside from this photography exhibition, students from schools and universities have taken the initiative to paint murals with images that relay political messages representing the demands of the protesters.

Over 300 people are known to have been killed as a result of the protests in Baghdad and the southern regions of Iraq. The centre of these protests is considered to be Tahrir Square and the areas surrounding it leading up to the square, close to the Green Zone, where many of the governmental and international institutions are situated.

The unrest over the past two months continues to blight the Iraqi capital city. Just yesterday, another 6 people were killed during protests.

Protesters as well as high-ranking religious and political figures have called for investigations and to hold those responsible for the killings accountable.

The protests in Iraq that were renewed on 25 October following a two-week interval during the period of Arbaeen are ongoing. A large section of the protesters is seeking radical changes, including the removal of all current political leaders as well as significant amendments to the electoral system.