Thousands rally for reforms, against corruption in Iraq
housands of the supporters of prominent Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have staged demonstrations across the country to demand what they call the containment of rampant corruption and the formation of a technocrat government.
On Friday, protesters gathered at Tahrir (Liberation) Square in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, to call for comprehensive change in governmental organizations, a genuine fight against alleged corruption as well as improvements in youth employment and national job opportunities al-Baghdadia television network reported.
“The government ignores public demands for reforms. It is impossible to bring about reforms when government ministers are corrupt. The government had better resign and be replaced with a technocrat one,” said a protester, Sa’d al-Kanani.
Elsewhere, in the city of al-Diwaniyah, located 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Baghdad, people staged a mass demonstration to demand the implementation of reforms and the trial of corrupt officials.
The demonstrators carried banners calling for reforms, better public services as well as changes to the electoral law to ensure that corrupt authorities would not assume power again. They vowed to escalate their protests in case their demands go unanswered.
Also on Friday, hundreds of people took to the streets in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, demanding the formation of a technocratic government and the eradication of corruption from state institutions.
They also called on the Baghdad government to dismiss Basra’s Provincial Governor Majid Mahdi Abd al-Abbass al-Nasrawi, and asserted that they will continue holding demonstrations until their demands are met.