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Yle Baghdad protests: Iraqis want the politicians to the exchange – and finally a good life

BAGHDAD the Iraqi center of the capital belongs to jysähdyksiä a steady pace. Flashbang, caused by the hard bang of the mixes longer hear the sound of gunfire.

the security forces tried to evict protestors barricade from the Tigris river border bridge. Protesters have been trying to penetrate for weeks, the Baghdad administration blocks, the so-called green zone.

Kolmipöyräiset tuktukit have provided an ambulance post during demonstrations.Mikko Ahmajärvi / Yle

Protesters barricade to get to the small tricycle tuk-tuk taxi.

from Asia to the familiar tuk-tuk drivers have received a hero's reputation of having carried the wounded protesters the treatment of the places where the official ambulances do not come.

Soon the demonstrators began to drop tear-gas grenades. The crowd flees the scene.

reporters next as managers

in a side street is a small first-aid point, where a group of orange in the vest-dressed young people to help tear gas affected.

the helpers are, surprisingly, journalists are not doctors.

reporter student hawr of Abdulhadi is on the student first aid team.Mikko Ahmajärvi / Yle

– Doctor students have been threatened from the university resigns, if they come here. So we decided to do our best to help. As you can see, there is no other, said the journalist of the study the hawr of Abdulhadi .

the 23-year-old Abdulhadi wants a new beginning for Iraq.

We have to get rid of the current administration. We have to get a new constitution. And a good life for all iraqis, Abdulhadi think about first aid points.

He assures not to be afraid. And believes that the protesters still win.

in the Background you hear a steady rhythm of explosions and single shots.

security forces shoot a loud

Agitated demonstrator to show the country collected shell casings.

They shoot at us hard, he explains.

Another protester looks like cell phone video, which clearly hear the shooting sound. Similar videos have many other demonstrators.

in the Streets, many blame the violence in the neighboring country of Iran-supported paramilitary groups. Iran has a lot of influence in Iraq and regime downfall would be a serious setback.

Demonstrators upset their corruption and unemployment.Mikko Ahmajärvi / Yle

Foreigner feels like in Baghdad was a rare sight. Some protesters wonder why the world is not interested in the Iraqi events.

the People have a need to tell about the dead and wounded. And about why they are mad at the government.

I've come here to demonstrate against corruption. Our leaders have stolen this country, explains electrical engineer Hussein al Abudi.

This is a prosperous country. We all could have a good life here, Abudi consider the demonstration as a symbol of rose on Tahrir square.

in the Same breath he wonders where iraq's oil billions disappear.

a Brief glimmer of hope

In 2017 seemed for a moment that Iraq will come more peaceful times. Large areas dominated extremist movement Isis was defeated and driven out among Mosul city.

But now people are disappointed, when iraq's problems still does not display the solution.

Demonstrators have sought to penetrate the administration block of the so-called green zone.Mikko Ahmajärvi / Yle

in Baghdad, still looks in many places as bad as in the 1990s, the dictator Saddam Hussein era. At that time, iraq was subjected to international sanctions and the economy was in miserable shape.

saddam's time ended with the Us attack in 2003, and not the younger iraqis it no longer remember. But they remember the promises of better.

Now – 16 years later – many of the young people dimensions began to be filled.

– most of the protesters are young and educated. But they can't find work, said the reporter student hawr of Abdulhadi .

– the Reason is that the jobs are distributed to ethnic groups and religion.

after 2003, Iraq has emerged a system where the country's main population group of leaders shared power. The president-elect is typically a kurd, the prime minister of the arab background shiiamuslimi and parliament as arab background in sudan.

a Similar quota system is also used for lower-level appointments. To work for the state from the relations, not knowledge based.

"Here, will ignite another civil war"

the Summer of 2018 security forces intercepted in the South of Iraq that erupted in demonstrations by force.

in Baghdad, some fear that these protests end in some kind of massacre. That the violence is getting worse the current.

and we will see what happens. Unless the leaders of the retreat, here in the civil war. The people will rise in rebellion, to predict the engineering Hussein al-Abudi .

there is still some way to go.

but the views in Baghdad that are unpleasant to the mind of the Syrian spring of 2011. The security forces use violence against largely peaceful demonstrators against.


the Iraqi security forces disperse demonstrations by force – at Least four dead, more than a hundred injured in Baghdad

Amnesty international accuses Iraqi troops of terrible skull injuries causing – in Baghdad convened a large protest then saddam's time

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