A demonstrator chants slogans as he holds the former national Iraqi flag during a protest in Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, March 2, 2008. More than one hundred demonstrators took to the street of Falluja protesting against the visit of the Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Iraq, on Sunday. (REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal)
Iraqis protested again on Friday against the historic visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday.
Maybe they will ask him to quit exploding Iraqis.
A group of Iraqi citizens has been protesting for two consecutive days in the capital Baghdad, ahead of the visit on Saturday by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Ahmadinejad’s two-day state visit will be the first by an Iranian president since the Iranian Revolution and the founding of the Islamic Republic in 1979.
The visit could mark a shift in ties between the former enemy countries, whose 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war killed an estimated 1 million plus people.
The protesters, standing in front of a mosque in Baghdad, handed out pamphlets which read “Iraq is not for sale”.
The group of people accuse Iran and its president of interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq, supporting al-Qaeda, promoting religious hatred and inciting sectarian violence between Shia radical groups and the Sunni minority.
In the pamphlets, there was also an appeal to the multi-national forces present in Iraq to block Ahmadinejad’s visit to Iraq.
Several hundred attended a protest against the “Butcher Ahmadinejad” in Baqouba, via NCR:
On Friday, hundreds of demonstrators marched the streets of Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, chanting anti-Ahmadinejad slogans. Many held banners including one that read: “We condemn visit of terrorist and butcher Ahmadinejad to Iraq,” Associated Press reported on Saturday.
“We wish that there would be a commitment from the Iranian president personally to cease all kind of interventions in Iraq’s security and political affairs,” Abdul-Karim al-Samaraie, a lawmaker with the main Sunni parliamentary bloc, the Iraqi Accordance Front, told the Arabic language TV station Al-Jazeera.