Human Rights

"Tent Of Wishes": Protesters Write Down Their Demands In Tahrir Square

Iraq

A group of volunteers have set up a stall in Tahrir Square called the "Tent of Wishes", where protesters are writing down their demands on small pieces of paper and sticking them on the stall.

Crowds marching through the centre of Baghdad chanting slogans against the government, corruption and sectarianism have been a common sight throughout the protests in Iraq over the past few months. However, this has not been the only mode through which protesters have been expressing their demands to the government and to the rest of the world.

Volunteers have set up a stall and wall where protesters are sticking pieces of paper with their wishes and protest demands in Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the Iraqi protests.

“We decided to set up a wall of wishes and every person writes their wish on a small piece of paper”. stated one of the volunteers who set up the Tent of Wishes.

He goes on to state that the most common wishes written down by the protesters include the following: “I want a united homeland, no to sectarianism, I want a responsible prime minister, I want a government that takes these people into consideration”

The volunteer considers that Iraqis want to have their messages heard, especially at a time when the country is being used as a battleground between regional and global powers, a state of affairs that is taking the attention away from the voices of Iraqis:

“As you can see, most of the wishes were public and not personal. With this small paper, we want to convey our voice to the Arab world, in addition to the media and television. We want a homeland, a decent life, as well as security and safety for Iraqis”.

Protests in Iraq directed against the political establishment have been continuing since October 2019. Despite frequent violence over this period, which has taken the lives of over 500 people, Iraqis have been getting their messages across to the government and the media through various means, ranging from standard protesting to artistic productions carrying political messages.