Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, November 29, 2019—Thursday, November 28, is reported as one of the bloodiest days in the protests that have engulfed Baghdad and southern Iraq during the past two months. Incoming reports are indicating at least 46 killed and over 300 injured in the city of Nasiriyah of Dhi Qar Province, along with four killed and over 70 injured in Najaf. Al Arabiya reported four killed in Baghdad. France Press cited medical sources saying two protesters were also killed on Wednesday night when protesters stormed the Iranian regime’s consulate in Najaf and set the building ablaze. Four other protesters were killed in Iraq near Dijla Bridge where security forces were using live ammunition and plastic rounds.
One source said 16 people were killed and over 500 injured in Najaf, according to Sky News Arabic reporting on Friday.
Thousands of people took part in the funeral ceremony of those killed despite authorities imposing martial law in Najaf and Nasiriyah. Reports also indicate armed members of Nasiriyah tribes are rushing to the support of protesters, according to Sky News TV reporting from Dhi Qar Province.
As the massacre was taking place in Nasiriyah, security forces in Al Mothana Province, also in southern Iraq, began opening fire on people using live ammunition, injuring a large number of protesters as a result, according to Al Hadath TV. There are no exact reports on the number of people killed and injured, and security forces were even seen opening fire on ambulances to prevent them from providing aid to those injured.
Gunmen assassinate activist Haidar al-Lami in the central Iraqi province of Maysan, according to Sky News TV. The overall methods used in Iraq are very similar to those used by the Iranian regime’s security forces against protesters in Iran.
The demonstration in Nasiriyah was attacked by security forces under the command of General Jamil al-Shimiri, according to Al Hadath TV. Al-Shimiri is known for his very close relations to the Iranian regime and Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani. Reports also indicate security forces used internationally banned pellet rounds against protesters.
The Iraqi government even dispatched tanks and armored personnel carriers to the city of Najaf, according to Sky News TV.
The Iranian regime has been furious ever since its consulate was stormed and torched by Iraqi protesters angry over the mullahs’ malign influence in their country. They are literally resorting to ridiculous remarks in response.
“The type of attack carried out against the Islamic Republic of Iran’s consulate in Najaf was an American-ISIS trained, meaning they would first block the roads and then attack the embassy, and go on to bomb the building,” said Ahmad Salek, a member of the Iranian regime’s Majlis (parliament).
“The riots in Iraq is not the work of the Iraqi people or the government, and they are being directed from somewhere else. The enemies of the Islamic Republic seek to instigate some people inside the country and abroad against Iran. Our diplomatic apparatus should follow up on this issue with awareness, and they should not forget this matter that the enemies of the Islamic Republic seek to create unrest in Iraq and Iran,” said Ghasem Jassemi, another Majlis member.
Intense clashes in Nasiriyah, southern #Iraq, with at least 24 protesters killed by security forces.— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) 28 November 2019
Iraqi protesters torched a base of the security forces.
Another 120 are injured as security forces opened fire on protesters.#IraqProtestspic.twitter.com/WrE0qG8gBT
The spokesman of the Iranian regime’s Foreign Ministry also expressed his anger over the attack on the mullahs’ consulate in Najaf and called on Iraqi officials to take firm and effective action against the brave youths of Iraq.
The Mehr news agency, known for its direct affiliation to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), reported on Iraqi officials dispatching units of the Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF) outside the Iranian regime’s consulate in Karbala. “Local sources say these rioters were not from Najaf,” the report claimed.
Reports indicate the protesters who attacked the Iranian regime’s consulate in Najaf were in such high numbers that they easily overcame all measures taken by security forces. This further indicates the Iraqi people’s hatred and wrath regarding the mullahs’ meddling in their country.
The latest development shows that, under pressure from relentless protests, Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has said he will resign from his position. The decisoin was met with joy by protesters in various cities.