Dáil Éireann: Recognize and support the Iraqi protests against corruption and instability

Dáil Éireann: Recognize and support the Iraqi protests against corruption and instability

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Since the 1st of October, 2019 the Iraqi people have been bravely demonstrating across the country in protest against rampant government corruption, economic mismanagement and instability and blatant Iranian interference in internal affairs. The corrupt Iraqi government has retaliated brutally, with hundreds of protestors already murdered and thousands more seriously injured. Internet service providers have also begun to prevent internet access to the Iraqi people, in an attempt to hide the atrocities from the world.

Western governments and media, including the Irish government, have largely been silent on this issue. None of our leaders have spoken out in support for the protestors, nor have any sanctions been placed on the Iraqi government. Considering what the Iraqi people have suffered since 2003, having constantly been promised a “democratic state”, this is completely unacceptable and hypocritical. Was this not the reasoning behind the removal of Saddam Hussein?

Should Western governments and media recognize and support the efforts of the Iraqi people in their search for a stable democratic society, change would arrive much quicker. Therefore, we are asking our foreign minister and Taoiseach to address the state of affairs in Iraq and to practice the support for democracy and humanitarianism that they preach.

Give the Iraqi people the voice they need to realize their own destinies. 

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