Following a couple weeks of relative calm, demonstrators clashed with security forces across Iraq over the weekend, leaving over 70 dead, in a few of the worst phases of civil unrest in the nation’s contemporary history.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi has tried to placate demonstrators, announcing a swathe of economic and social reforms, also carrying out an investigation to country brutality against a number of those protests, but few are convinced he’s serious about reform, analysts say he’s crying into the end.
On Saturday he announced the installation of the Nation’s Elite Counter Terror Forces, still bruised from years of fighting against the Islamic State team, into the roads of Baghdad. Yet questions over just how long he can stay in office are just getting louder.
But confronting an increasingly fatal pushback from safety solutions, what’s driving the protests? And can it be fair to see Iraq solely through the prism of authorities on protester violence?
As Euronews’ Gareth Browne states in Iraq,” where there’s unrest, there’s chance”. Have a peek at Gareth’s overview from the media player over.