vor dem Drohnenschlag gegen den Iranischen Quds-Force Kommandeur Soleimani erschien uns die folgende Nachrichtig wichtig.
Es ist allerdings unschwer voraus zu sagen, dass die soziale Dynamik im Irak und im Iran durch die komenden Ereignisse überlagert und ins Abseits getrieben wird.
The anti-government demonstrators insist their movement is entirely unrelated to the crowds that vandalised the US mission.
„We’ve got nothing to do with that,“ one demonstrator in the southern protest hotspot city of Diwaniyah told AFP.
Protesters leave US embassy compound in Baghdad
Al Jazeera’s Simona Foltyn said that the anti-government demonstrators, who have been protesting for nearly three months, have „renounced any link“ with the crowds that marched on to the US embassy.
Protesters on Thursday occupied some streets in Baghdad, where most government offices and schools have shut down.
They accused Iraqi security forces of a double standard – saying the protesters who supported the PMF were not met with a crackdown, as they have been.
About 460 people have been killed in protest-related violence over the past three months, with around 25,000 others wounded.
Demonstrators have warned that these killings, along with kidnappings and different forms of harassment, are an attempt to scare them into halting their movement.
But many have persisted, and rallies rocked the city of Diwaniyah on Thursday.
„What happened in front of the US embassy was an attempt to draw people’s eyes away from the popular protests now in their fourth month,“ Ahmed Mohammad Ali, a student protester in Nasiriya, told AFP.
„We’re still here, protesting for change and hoping for victory.“