Such protests have been growing across the nation and the region alike, but Friday will finally be Iraq’s own “day of rage,” with protesters expected to rally en masse even as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announces an absolute curfew and threats in an effort to keep anyone from attending.
Maliki insisted that Iraqis are free, and can therefore hold public protests any time they want, before adding that they were not allowed to protest on Friday and claiming that the Friday protests were a plot of Saddam Hussein backers. Hussein has been dead for years.
Maliki likewise provided no proof that such people were behind the growing protest movement, and cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who normally would be one of the leaders of such protests, formally played his role as part of the ruling government to a tee, adding that he has “doubts” about protesting against the government, at least now that it’s his government.
The security forces in charge of Baghdad also announced a series of restrictions on the protests, saying the protesters wouldn’t be allowed to chant any slogans perceived as religiously divisive or seen as supportive of the former regime.
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MMMMMMM……….Not takin any chances…?? but jusr BEING in power is chancy these dayze…..
and the puppets are feeling the heat………. but you're no puppet, right Nouri…… just 1 of doze "good" ahrabs…. COOO-OPERATIN with the occupation and Blackwater XE, CIA…..DEA…..[NSA??] too…?? But you didn't deal th hand, yer jus playin the cards you got……. OOOOO an eight of spades…… A RAYMBOZZO M. [for moron] Davis…. the purposeful shooter…. Not a newby either, he just has seen a few too many Rambo movies and forgot the stash in his car…..
I'm stocking up on popcorn and soda; Friday promises to be an interesting day for news from the Middle East. If the Iraqis DO protest today, exactly what is the Maliki regime prepared to do? And will the US step in if he orders his troops to fire upon Iraqi civilians?
<wrings hands> This is going to be good. The spin from Washington will be amazing. Allah(swt) bless and protect anyone who is brave enough to get out and speak their mind.
Same exact thing as all the other brutal dictators: kill them. The death toll is 19 already. Those poor battered people. After the bloodbath they've endured.
One thing that you count on, the Administration will lie and misled even when the true will suffice.
This is a world wide rebellien against anti Islam and traitors who are co-operating with US in killings of their citizens.
THIS is what the sons and daughters of America's middle class fought and bled for????? THIS is what we destroyed our economy for and which is now weighing down our future and the future of our children and grandchildren????
The neocons sold us all a bag of horse manure. Their perfidy has been proven, and to a man, not a single one of them should ever again be trusted.
1- From the beginning, we said that neither this regime nor the one that was hand picked by Paul Bremer is going to be democratic nor the present one and eventually they will put the military on people and start shooting them.
Continue: 2-This killing is not the first time that is happening and is not going to be the last, in another word, the thieves are still there and working with government of Iraq (Ahmad Chalabi) , the Iranian regime is there to protect its interests not only in Iraq but entire Middle East, so is the EU and US agents to protect EU and US interests. What is left.., nothing for the Iraqi people but more harsh time will come. Now who to we blame.., those who started the turmoil in Middle East wanting to have such situation for Iraq and rest of Middle East to remain in such situation while they jump up the oil price. This is the best way to protect Israel, US and England hegemony in the area, while people are killed and countries are destroyed this is the best way for Saudi Kingdome family or the Arab Emirates, or Jordan and rest of the world to remain as a main arm buyer from EU and US, therefore, this is a non stoppable war which its policy based on “divide and conquer”, you don’t believe me ask Paul Wolfowitz or Tony Blair ro for that matter George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will be able to answer.., this is the name of the game.., rest you figure it out.
Maliki better be careful and keep his mouth shut or he'll end up like Saddam. And this time, it won't be the US inciting that one. Perhaps, this marionette thinks that because the US is holding his strings, he won't be following the same fate as the other tinpot dictators.
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