Monday, February 14, 2011

Iraqis protest corruption & lack of public services

"Several hundred Iraqi activists marked Valentine's Day with a protest for better services and governance in Baghdad on Monday, the latest in a series of small demonstrations across Iraq inspired by protester-driven upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia.

While most protesters here aren't aiming to topple the government – one that Iraqis voted for, despite its imperfections – they continue to complain of chronic corruption and lack of services."


K said...

There's nothing wrong with protest aiming to peacefully topple the government or peacefully ask for change in my book - as long as they aren't aiming to demolish democracy itself. That's what people in democracies do on a regular basis.

Maury said...

Yep. Peaceful protests are a good sign in a functioning democracy. You know it's a democracy if police are providing security, instead of bashing heads.

Maury said...

TEHRAN, Iran – Clashes between Iranian police and tens of thousands of protesters wracked central Tehran on Monday as security forces beat and fired tear gas at opposition supporters hoping to evoke Egypt's recent popular uprising.