Protesters in Iraq denounce kidnapping of opponents and journalists

While the new Iraqi government has pledged to release the protesters who were arrested during the protest movement last fall, some of them remain missing after several months. The families also denounce the disappearance of journalists. France 24 went to meet their relatives but also on Tahrir Square, still occupied by demonstrators.

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Calm has returned to Tahrir Square in Baghdad, which is considered to be the heart of the protest in autumn 2019. The protesters, still present, denounce the “kidnapping” of demonstrators, “about whom we know nothing”. And this, despite the promise of the new government of Mustafa al-Kazimi to release them.

According to them, members of the movement were charged for reasons other than the demonstrations.

Families are also concerned about the disappearance of people outside the dispute. Like journalist Tawfiq Al-Tamimi, who has been missing for 70 days, according to his family.

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