This month marks the one-year anniversary of the outbreak of protests in Iraq known as the “October Revolution.”
What caused the Iraq protests?
What do Iraqi protesters want?
How did protests develop through the year?
Although COVID 19 has reduced the protesters’ numbers, they still continue. On the anniversary of the Iraqi protests, fresh protests have erupted across Baghdad and southern cities. The protesters gave al-Kadhimi an ultimatum: he has until October 25 to prosecute the killers of the protesters otherwise another wave of protests might storm the green zone.
What is the role of Iran and Iran-backed militias?
How has Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi responded to the protests?
The protests will likely only disperse if the political system is fundamentally reformed, the militias are prosecuted for their actions, corruption is rooted out, and public services are provided, with equal job opportunities for youths that are not reliant on the state or oil sector.