Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iraq, November 28, 2019—Iraqi protesters in the city of Najaf, southern Iraq, stormed and torched the Iranian regime’s consulate on Wednesday, November 27. Sky News TV reported intense clashes prior to this latest development and security forces and anti-riot units were seen using tear gas to disperse the crowd. Dozens of demonstrators were injured and many were complaining of suffocating symptoms.
Najaf officials responded by imposing martial law in the province and police units were seen patrolling various areas. A few weeks ago, Iran’s consulate in Basra was also torched. The people of Najaf displayed their utter hatred of the mullahs’ regime in Iran by insisting on attacking the regime’s consulate and setting it ablaze.
Normally, demonstrators are seen protesting the Iraq government or the parliament. Consulates and even the Iranian regime’s embassy in Baghdad are among the demonstrators’ main targets, according to a Sky News correspondent. This could be in response to various enmity remarks made by Iranian regime officials, including Tehran’s ambassador, against the protests. It is worth noting that the Iranian regime ambassador and/or other Iranian regime officials have expressed concerns since the beginning of these protests, raising anger among Iraqi demonstrators. Their remarks have always been against the protests and there is an enormous rage among the Iraqi people vis-à-vis the Iranian regime’s policies of meddling in their country.
Iraqi protesters attacked and torched the Iranian regime’s consulate in Najaf, escalating their demonstrations to a new level, Reuters reported. This is the strongest expression of emotions, especially by the mostly Shiite community in southern Iraq, against the Iranian regime. Security forces have killed hundreds of protesters to this day. Local sources say the Iranian regime’s consulate staff fled the consulate only minutes prior to the attack.
In Karbala, four demonstrators were killed in a span of 24 hours, according to The Washington Post. The highway linking Baghdad and Karbala was blocked on Wednesday. In Basra, southern Iraq, demonstrators continue blocking main roads leading to ports linking Iraq with most Persian Gulf countries.
A scene from protests in Karbala, southern Iraq
On Thursday, November 28, people in the city of Nasiriyah, southern Iraq, protested the dispatching of anti-riot units on city streets and bridges. Locals rushed to the streets and clashed with security forces. Iraqi proxies linked to the Iranian regime opened fire, killing at least three protesters and injured more than 20 others.
In Al-Mothana Province, Iraqi security forces were seen attacking locals and protesting youth on Thursday. In Karbala, also in southern Iraq, protesters were seen blocking roads and highways on this day.
Protesters blocking roads in Karbala, southern Iraq – November 28, 2019
In Dhi Qar Province, southern Iraq, clashes between protesters and security forces have continued from Wednesday night into the early morning hours of Thursday. Iraqi protesters have blocked roads and are continuing their demonstrations. Security forces linked to the Iranian regime are seen opening fire on demonstrators. One young protester was reportedly wounded.